Mets aim to add Young, Pavano-type pitcher

January, 8, 2013
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Starting pitchers Chris Young, Carl Pavano and Shaun Marcum remain on the free-agent market.
After trading R.A. Dickey last month, Sandy Alderson indicated his intention was to fill the rotation void with an outside addition of sufficient quality to slot into the rotation -- albeit not of Dickey’s caliber. The GM specifically said he would not seek someone to show up at camp and compete with Jenrry Mejia and Jeremy Hefner. The newcomer would get a spot as a starting pitcher.

Alderson maintained that posture Monday.

The GM told ESPNNewYork.com he is looking for someone of the Chris Young or Carl Pavano ilk to round out an April rotation that also would include Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Johan Santana and Dillon Gee. (Ideally, Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut midseason.)

“I couldn’t identify who that might be at this point, but that general category of player is probably what we’re looking at,” Alderson said.

Another free agent, Shaun Marcum, would seem to be priced at a higher level than the Young/Pavano types and therefore go beyond the Mets’ spending appetite. Marcum went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts last season with the Milwaukee Brewers while earning $7.7 million.

Alderson would not comment, however, whether Marcum fit a category of player priced beyond the Mets’ willingness to spend.

“You know, I don’t want to get into individual players if I can avoid it,” Alderson said.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187