The Mets are open to acquiring depth for the starting rotation, though they are currently not being proactive about it, the NY Post's Joel Sherman reported late Tuesday.
Mike Bolsinger, Colby Lewis, Doug Fister, Alfredo Simon, Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, and Mike Pelfrey are currently available on the free-agent market.
However, according to Sherman, before the Mets sign someone from outside the organization, they'll likely turn to Rafael Montero and Triple-A pitcher Sean Gilmartin.
Montero, 25, is currently on the team's 25-man roster, where he's being considered a long reliever and potential spot starter.
Montero pitching in a game during spring training 2017 and Montero pitching in the All-Star Futures Game during the summer of 2012 (Credit: USA Today Sports)
He had a 1.77 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 23 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings this spring.
Despite being in the organization since 2011, and throwing more than 100 games in the minor leagues, Montero has appeared in just 24 major league games during the last three seasons.
He was sidelined by a shoulder injury during most of 2015, during which Terry Collins made a special, out-of-the-way trip to St. Lucie late in the season to talk with Montero about his status.
"He throws strikes," Collins said in late March, speaking about Montero's potential. "We always knew he had the command, but he kind of pitched to the edge in the big leagues. Now he's using the plate and his stuff is playing."