DeGrom and Syndergaard – assuming healthy – are two of the best in the sport. Syndergaard missed most of last year with a torn lat muscle and early reports are he’s in great shape and not bulked up like last year.
Harvey has never lived up to his potential because of injuries, and here’s hoping in his walk year he can come close to his 2013 form.
I’m glad the Mets will bring back Jay Bruce, but not satisfied. There are those applauding GM Sandy Alderson’s patience today for letting the market come back to him and there’s a degree of truth to that line of thinking.
BRUCE: That’s the first step. (AP)
However, I’m not ready to jump on the Alderson bandwagon because Bruce isn’t nearly enough:
The Mets, because of David Wright’s uncertainty, need a third baseman. The market is ignoring Todd Frazier, so that’s a possibility, but how much will he cost? He’ll want at least three years at close to what Bruce is making.
They have the potential to have a solid bullpen, but another reliable late-inning arm would be helpful. As long as the Mets are in a reunion mode, Addison Reed is still available.
I have advocated the Mets trade Matt Harveyfor several years now and still believe if they should jump on any worthwhile trade offer. I just think those ideas are gone and he’s not going anywhere because his trade value has never been lower and the Mets have their reasons for wanting to keep him.
HARVEY: No option but to keep him. (AP)
Harvey’s value is down because he hasn’t pitched well in two years, because of a combination of injuries and simply stinking up the joint. A shoulder injury sapped his velocity as well as his command and movement. With the decline in all three, his confidence has been shot since Game 5 of the 2015 World Series when he selfishly lobbied manager Terry Collins to stay in for the ninth.
Harvey is damaged goods. Teams won’t give up established talent or promising prospects for somebody who’ll be a free agent after the 2018 season. It just won’t happen.
Even so, the Mets have to keep Harvey because of the health concerns surrounding Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and even Noah Syndergaard. The Mets’ vaunted rotation hasn’t yet – over five years – made a complete cycle, and won’t again this season because either Matz or Wheeler won’t be ready by Opening Day.
Somebody will go down for the Mets this summer. It’s the way of the world and Harvey will have to fill the void. The Mets aren’t likely to sign a veteran arm this winter so they’ll need Harvey.
The Mets’ best chance to get something for Harvey is for him to get off to a strong – and healthy – start and trade him in late July. After that, well, I still believe Harvey will walk after next season.
With the start of the Winter Meetings just days away, there’s been precious little information about the Mets’ pitching. There was an article in The Postabout Matt Harvey dating yet another model, but there’s been nothing about his health and ability to pitch in 2018.
DE GROM: One of the few answers. (AP)
What the Mets have said in the wake of Japanese free-agent Shohei Ohtani blowing off them and the Yankees, is they likely won’t add starting pitching but instead focus on relievers, who are routinely less expensive than free agents CC Sabathia or Jason Vargas, or even bringing back R.A. Dickey.
Hell, even if they signed all three that wouldn’t be enough to make the Mets a contender again.
The Mets don’t know about the status of Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler. They are contemplating limiting Jacob deGromand Noah Syndergaard to twice through the batting order before turning the game over to the bullpen. That’s at least three innings a game from their bullpen, which is way too many.
The Mets hope hiring a new trainer will keep their pitchers healthy, which sounds like a good idea, but who are they kidding?
It’s going on five years and the Mets’ vaunted starting five hasn’t yet made one uninterrupted turn through the rotation. Yet, GM Sandy Alderson is betting on a new trainer to make that happen.