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Freddy Garcia may make sense for Mets

The Mets intend to sign a fifth-starter candidate on a minor-league contract to compete with Jenrry Mejia and the team's prospects, who include Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom. And while it is not clear where he resides on the Mets' preference list, there has been at least some dialogue between Mets officials and the representatives for Freddy Garcia.

Freddy Garcia

Freddy Garcia

#50 SP
Atlanta Braves

2013 STATS

  • GM17
  • W4

  • L7

  • BB17

  • K46

  • ERA4.37

Garcia, 37, might make sense for the Mets in that he also has performed out of the bullpen during the past two seasons.

The bottom line is this: Even if the candidate the Mets sign on a minor-league contract ultimately ends up earning the fifth-starter's role over Mejia and the prospects, that pitcher must be capable of swinging over to the bullpen once Noah Syndergaard is promoted in June or July anyway, assuming the other rotation members remain healthy.

Overall, Garcia went 4-7 with a 4.37 ERA in 17 appearances (13 starts) for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves last season. After being acquired by Atlanta on Aug. 23, he had a 1.65 ERA in six appearances (three starts). That included 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings in one appearance against the Mets.

Via MLB Trade Rumors, the remaining list of available starting-pitching free agents is below. Keep in mind, though, that Sandy Alderson all but said he is only giving out a minor-league deal. So scratch off players like Bronson Arroyo right away.

Alfredo Aceves

Arroyo

Dylan Axelrod

Scott Baker

Erik Bedard

A.J. Burnett

Chris Capuano

Bruce Chen

Jeff Francis

Garcia

Jon Garland

Matt Garza

Chad Gaudin

Jason Hammel

Tommy Hanson

Aaron Harang

Ubaldo Jimenez

Jair Jurrjens

Jeff Karstens

John Lannan

Paul Maholm

Jason Marquis

Daisuke Matsuzaka

James McDonald

Jeff Niemann

Roy Oswalt

Clayton Richard

Ervin Santana

Johan Santana

Joe Saunders

Jake Westbrook

Jerome Williams

Suk-min Yoon

Barry Zito