Knowing the Mets have a starting rotation potentially in flux this offseason, they must have answers at the top of their rotation with a proven ace to go along with Max Scherzer. Hopefully, the Mets are able to re-sign Jacob deGrom. Recent speculation has suggested that the Mets do feel as if they have a good opportunity to retain their ace, keeping him a Met for life.
Reports as of late have also shared that the Mets have met with Justin Verlander and view him as a possibility should they lose deGrom. However, both deGrom and Verlander are very likely to have ultra-competitive markets this offseason.
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Why Carlos Rodon should be in the Mets’ plans:
All of the unknown variables make Rodon one of the top backup options, and a great one at that, the Mets can have. Rodon is still a fairly young pitcher who will turn 30 years old next month. He has put together two consecutive, very strong seasons.
In 2021, the left-hander had a 2.37 ERA, by far a career-best. He followed that up with a successful 2022, as he posted a 2.88 ERA and had a career-best 14 wins. While Rodon will be pricey, he will certainly cost the Mets less than deGrom, and he is much younger than Verlander, making him a very strong possibility for the Mets to pursue.
Both the youth along with the recent dominant success make Rodon a prime candidate for the Mets to sign this offseason. He should be right in the Mets’ plans at the top with both deGrom and Verlander with his excellence on the mound. Ultimately, the Mets have got to come away with at least one prime starter this offseason to keep their World Series aspirations intact for next year.