Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 1/8/13
Trading away reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays has left the New York Mets with a hole in their rotation to start 2013.   If the year were to kickoff today we’d likely see a rotation consisting of Johan Santana, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee, and ummm, uhhhh, well there’s……perhaps….maybe….?????  The point is that the team is still looking at several options to fill the gap that currently exists and while  names like Chris Young and Joe Saunders have recently been mentioned, in house candidates such as Aaron Laffey, Jenrry Mejia, Collin McHugh, Jeremy Hefner, and Zack Wheeler are also options. According to Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger, we can now add Carl Pavano, Shaun Marcum, and Javier Vazquez to the list of players the team has checked in on. Photo by Michael G. Baron During the winter, the team has been in contact with both Shaun Marcum and Carl Pavano. Their scouts in the Puerto Rico winter league have watched one-time All Star Javier Vazquez, who is making a comeback after sitting out 2012. And there was also some interest in bringing back Chris Young, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 115 innings last season. “Those are the types of starting pitchers with whom we’ve had conversations,” Alderson said. Discussions between the Mets and Pavano have been “very preliminary,” said David Pepe, Pavano’s agent. “We’re definitely interested in that situation,” Pepe said. “Or any situation where he’s going to take the ball every fifth day, and take a team deep into games.” The Mets are one of several clubs to check in on Pavano, the 37-year-old right-hander. He garnered infamy during his four-year tenure with the Yankees from 2005 to 2008. The Yankees paid him $39.95 million to pitch just 145 2/3 innings. His time there was fraught with calamity — various ailments for his right shoulder, Tommy John surgery on his elbow, broken ribs in a car crash, teammates questioning his commitment. Pavano rehabilitated his career during the subsequent three seasons, averaging 214 innings and a 4.36 ERA with Cleveland and Minnesota. He signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Twins heading into 2011. But he suffered from weakness in his shoulder throughout 2012. His velocity dropped. He did not pitch after June 1. Marcum is certainly an intriguing option as the 31-year-old put up a 3.62 ERA from 2010 to 2012, but those numbers will likely mean other teams will be in on the bidding.   That is, as we’ve all come to know, a recipe for the Mets backing out. The team simply seems unwilling to pay market value for free agents if they deem that the market is inflated.  Their thinking may payoff in the long term but for now, it leaves them unable to do anything to help the team in 2013.  At some point I think the front office needs to realize that this is the price for doing business.  I’m not saying they should shell out ridiculous multi-year contracts, but overpaying on a one or two year deal for a player that will help the team right away should be tolerable in a big market.  I don’t stop putting gas in my car just because I think the prices are too high, I still need to find a way to get to work.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Enes Kanter wants to become American citizen

Report: O.J. Simpson's parole hearing set for July

Baseball may soon enter an era of two-way players

Kyrie Irving: Cavs were served ‘slice of humble pie’

Report: NFL teams question Darrelle Revis’ commitment to the game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Zaza Pachulia partially blames Gregg Popovich for his family receiving death threats

Sens coach Guy Boucher: We know Pens 'are the better team'

IndyCar drivers Dixon, Franchitti robbed at gunpoint in Taco Bell drive-thru

Fans in new Raiders Vegas stadium will be able to place bets on mobile devices?

Luke Walton not stressing LaVar Ball, cites his dad's 'big personality'

Ex-motorcycle champion Nicky Hayden dies after collision in Italy

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA power players continue to speak against Trump

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker