The Mets haven't yet had "meaningful discussions" regarding free agent RHPs Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn, but may "jump in," reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Rosenthal notes, however, that the Mets may instead seek a lower-tier starter. Among the pitchers available in the tier below Cobb and Lynn are LHP Jason Vargas, and RHPs Ubaldo Jimenez and Jeremy Helilckson.
If the Mets sign Cobb or Lynn, who both rejected qualifying offers, they will be forced to surrender their second round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, along with $500,000 in international bonus pool money.
Lynn, 30, had a 3.43 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 153 strikeouts in 186.1 innings (33 starts) last season for the Cardinals.
Roughly seven teams have shown interest in Lynn, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Cobb, 30, had a 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP wit 128 strikeouts in 179.1 innings (29 starts) last season for the Rays.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team was likelier to pursue a pitcher than a position player as they round out their roster.
"I think as long as the market is what it is, you've got to constantly keep your eyes open," Alderson said. "I think right now we're probably more curious about pitching than we are about position players."
The Mets are expected to enter this season with a starting rotation of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler. Aside from deGrom, all of the above pitchers dealt with serious injury issues last season.