Matt Harvey has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2014 season, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday.
Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure later this month.
"Based on the conversations that I had with both of the doctors, I felt this would be the right decision," Alderson said. "So in that sense I'm happy Matt has reached the same conclusion."
The Mets now have only three established starters in their rotation for 2014 -- Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee.
They likely will need to acquire two starting pitchers this offseason, one who is capable of logging 200 innings and a fifth-starter type to compete with prospects Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
The Mets had veterans Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang audition with the club late this season, so re-signing one for the 5th spot in the rotation could happen. The Mets liked what they seen in Dice-K and could have the upper hand to be added next season.
Alderson said he would prefer letting all three prospects open next season in the minors, which would necessitate two external additions. He noted that opening the season with a rookie in the rotation would have a ripple effect of lessening the available reinforcements as the season progresses.
It's going to be a interesting off-season to see how the Mets can replace Harvey and all their other holes such as the outfield, bullpen, and shortstop.. The Mets will be busy, let's hope we can get some star quality players and not second hand crap..
I still say the Mets should make a run a Tim Lincecum, who is coming off a bad year. The spacious Citi Field could provide some help for him to have a better year.