We know RA Dickey is history. What we don’t know is who-what-where…
Assuming no new SP is acquired in the deal, here’s how the rotation projects out with this change:
2013: Johan Santana will pitch SP1, followed by Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, and Dillon Gee. One immediate possibility is the resigning of Mike Pelfrey, but Sandy Alderson doesn’t seem to be one to go in the wrong direction. He knows that Zack Wheeler is less than six months away. Another option is Jenrry Mejia, but my guess he opens up in the Vegas rotation. So look for Jeremy Hefner and Collin McHugh to split time until the kids are ready. I have both Wheeler and Mejia’s ETA at July making someone in the current rotation expendable.
2014: Now it starts to get exciting: Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Mejia, Gee. Once again, there will be a mid-season graduation (Rafael Montero) that could turn this into one of the most talented rotations in all of baseball.
2015: Okay… I got a question. Your rotation is Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Niese, and Mejia. What do you do with Domingo Tapia, Luis Mateo, and Michael Fulmer?