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GM wants to limit pitcher contract to 1 year

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If a free-agent starting pitcher wants a multi-year deal, he likely is headed elsewhere.

Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday afternoon that he would be unlikely to give out a free-agent deal for more than one year to bolster his rotation. That is going to severely limit the pool of candidates -- and likely precludes anyone with much recent accomplishment.

Still, it makes sense. Matt Harvey is only due to miss 2014. And the Mets have highly regarded prospect Noah Syndergaard as well as Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom on the way.

So the Mets only need one or two stopgaps to join Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee out of the gate next season.

"We'd be hesitant to give a multi-year deal, but that doesn't mean we wouldn't," Alderson said.