Should New York Mets Sign a Big Time Pitcher?

By Mike Cifarelli
Ubaldo Jimenez
Kelley L Cox – USA Today

The New York Mets haven’t exactly been lighting it up so far during this offseason. With about $40 million to spend for just the 2014 season, the Mets certainly have the money to make some kind of splash. However, with the market for hitting seeming more and more bleak is it time for the Mets to focus on pitching?

Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are some of the big names out there for starting pitching. Each has had their ups and downs with Garza being the more consistent pitcher throughout his career. However, Santana and Jimenez have raised their stock significantly, and now we should expect each to sign a long-contract of at least five years.

The strength of the Mets would have to be their pitching. Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee are all quality pitchers and make for a good rotation. And while the lineup for the Mets is severely lacking, making an even stronger rotation can help the team just as much as signing a big hitter.

Bringing in a Nelson Cruz could possibly add another half-run to a run a game, but adding a pitcher could have the same effect. The Tampa Bay Rays would be a good example of a team with great pitching but virtually no offense. David Wright would be Evan Longoria in this scenario. The only difference is Wright doesn’t have his Wil Myers, unless Ike Davis can find himself.

Signing a big time pitcher wouldn’t be a bad move. It would eat a lot of the money, but the rest of the cash can be used on making the lineup stronger. The Mets would have to hope Travis d’Arnaud or Davis can become a middle of the lineup guy, but the rest can be a bunch of platoon players. Platoon players are becoming more common as statistics are brought even more into account.

Garza would be the one of this trio to target. And looking at Jeff Niemann, on a slightly smaller deal, is probably a better option than either Jimenez or Santana.

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