The Mets are interested in signing RHP Lance Lynn or RHP Alex Cobb if the price is right, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jim Duquette first reported that the Mets were exploring the second-tier free agent starting pitchers market Thursday night on SNY's Mets Hot Stove.
"I'm told that they're starting to target an innings-eater, just because of the way the market has come back," Duquette said.
Despite signing third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year deal Monday night, New York could still make a run for a starting pitcher, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.
Lynn, 30, missed 2016 through injury but enjoyed a successful return in 2017. He had a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 186 1/3 IP with 153 K with the Cardinals.
Cobb, 30, had numbers in 2017 similar to Lynn's. He had a 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 179 1/3 IP with 128 K.
In early-September, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters he will look to add a reliable, veteran, starting pitcher to his rotation for next season.
"I think if we were able to find a Bartolo Colon-type, who fits in the three-four spot and semi-guarantees 180-200 innings, that would probably be something that would stabilize our rotation," he explained. "So, yes, I think it's something we'll look at."
Currently, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for starting pitching depth but could add to that with Lynn or Cobb for injury and consistency insurance.