The Mets are reportedly intent on adding a second baseman or third baseman, with Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker the names being considered.
But should they be adding a free agent starting pitcher instead? MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone thinks so, and Jon Hein and Dan Graca weighed in on the subject Tuesday night on Loud Mouths on SNY.
"Lance Lynn is a guy who takes the ball every five days, he makes over 30 starts a year, he's dependable," Graca said. "And the Mets could use a guy like that. ... look to fortify the pitching staff, because you're going to need more than six, seven starters in a season -- it's inevitable."
The Mets' rotation this season is expected to consist of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler -- with deGrom the only one among them who didn't deal with a serious injury, ineffectiveness, or both last season. Beyond those five are Seth Lugo (pitching with a partially torn UCL in his elbow), Robert Gsellman (who struggled last season), Rafael Montero, and Chris Flexen.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been blunt about the team's reliance on their starting pitching rounding back into form, saying recently that if they don't perform up to expectations, the Mets will likely not succeed.
Aside from Lynn, Alex Cobb, Jaime Garcia, Jason Vargas, and Jeremy Hellickson are among the free agents who remain unsigned.