Now that the Mets have lost Matt Harvey possibly for most of the 2014 season due to possible Tommy John Surgery, the Mets must decide in the off-season how to replace their ace if they look to contend in 2014.
One option the Mets have is going is the Free Agency way. The Mets have money to spend due to multiple players coming off the books including Johan Santana.
Matt Garza will be the number one starter on the 2014 Free agency market and may demand large numbers on the open market, so I don't envision him a possibility.
The Mets could go a different route (more frugal way ) and look at pitchers Josh Johnson and Tim Lincecum, both whom having off years.
Johnson has had injuries this season and Lincecum has shown some greatness this season in throwing a no-hitter.
Both in their prime and have lead teams as aces in the past. Both could use a zip code change and be penciled in on any rotation at the top.
Lincecum's Career Stats:
|162 Game Avg.||14||11||3.46||34||1||1||218||186||90||84||17||84||235|
Josh Johnson's Career Stats:
|162 Game Avg.||12||9||3.40||33||1||206||191||84||78||15||70||189|
Option two could be one the of two pitching prospects, Either Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard could be pushed into major league action like Zach Wheeler has been this season. Montero is pitching well in Vegas, but may need one more whole season in the minors before his rise to the majors. Syndergaard has been pitching lights out in Binghamton and might be on the move to Triple-A next season. Depending whether he could handle such a promotion will determine how long of a road he will have to Flushing.
The Mets have many holes to fill in 2014 and one is to get some power injected in to this lineup, especially the outfield. The Mets may have to use a couple of their top prospects to those fill holes via trade. Wilmer Flores is a player being showcased that the Mets may use to fill some holes. One reason he could be a candidate is because he don't have a regular position. With David Wright playing third and Daniel Murphy at second he might be blocked for some time. I could be wrong but maybe they can get more for Murphy and then simply plug Flores in at second. Of course Flores or Murphy could possibly play first base as we will see how much faith the Mets Brass has in Ike Davis for 2014.
No doubt, the Mets will have to use some creativity in 2014 for the Mets to get into contention land..