The Mets have had two things on their agenda this offseason. One of them is acquiring one more rotation arm on a one-year contract.
Right now, the Mets starting rotation looks something like this: Johan Santana, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Dillon Gee. The Mets’ goal is to get one more short-term pitcher until they can bring up pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Two names that have been thrown around to fulfill that role are Derek Lowe and Carl Pavano.
I’m not a big fan of Pavano, but he can serve as a stopgap for 2012. I can see the Mets grabbing him on a one-year deal. The problem is that Pavano, 37, had a bad year in a pitcher’s park. He went 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts for the Twins last year. Pavano also missed some time with a shoulder injury. Pavano’s best season was eight years ago when he went 8-0 with the Marlins (ERA – 3.00 / WHIP – 1.17 SO – 139 / BB – 49 / IP – 222.1 / WAR – 5.1). He’s averaged a 4.92 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 106.3 IP and 0.8 WAR per season with the Yanke...