Posted by Michael S. at 2:00 PM
There are still rumblings that the Mets want to add Michael Bourn, another relief pitcher, and possibly another starter. Given that, this is how I would approach the next 6 months.
I think signing Bourn could be beneficial to the team, but only if the Mets don't have to forfeit their top pick and associated draft budget. I also don't think the team should commit to him for more than a year or 2. If Bourn is looking to re-establish his value before hitting the market again next year, he and the Mets have a mutually-beneficial opportunity. His signing can address an area of need and prove to the fans that the team might actually be competitive in 2013. However, a longer contract takes up too much payroll for a lead-off hitter when the savings that the Mets' penny-pinching should be allocated more towards run-producing. Bourn also provides a potential trade chip at the deadline; if he's signed long-term he'll be here long-term and I don't see him as part of the big picture for the team. This same rationale can be applied to any additional starter the Mets add as well as any potential relief additions the team makes. For the sake of argument, let's say the Mets sign Bourn, Jair Jurrjens, and Brian Wilson before the season gets underway. The lineup would likely shape up as:
The bullpen will feature Gee, Francisco, Parnell, Edgin, and Wilson. Jurrjens' signing could bump Gee to the spot starter/bullpen temporarily which could be beneficial for him as he eases back in after last year's injury. This team top to bottom could be very competitive based on the strength of its pitching. However, there are enough questions about some of the pitchers (prior injury, age, etc.) and the potency of the offense that the team could also be out of the playoff picture come the trade deadline.
In keeping with 2014 as the reboot for the franchise, I'd begin making moves with that in mind. The first move I'd like to see made is a deal for Seattle's Nick Franklin. I've already written about how I think he could be available and could be a great fit for the future of this franchise