NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Mets have a gaping hole to fill in their rotation with R.A. Dickey shipped off to Toronto.
More like a 20-win canyon.
The names they’ve reportedly tossed around? Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Chris Young and Shaun Marcum, according to the New York Post.
Most on that list missed time related to injury last season, only winning 19 games combined. Dickey, of course, won 20 en route to the NL Cy Young Award.
Liriano came off the board Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
The talented but inconsistent Liriano went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA last season for the Twins and Chicago White Sox.
Mets fans are familiar with Young, who spent much of his two-year contract with the Amazin’s rehabbing from shoulder surgery. He returned to the team in June and finished 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 starts last season.
Then there’s the case of Pavano, infamous for his injury-plagued seasons with the Yankees. Shoulder woes limited his 2012 season with the Minnesota Twins, finishing 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts.
The Mets have also contacted Marcum and have “engaged” the Dodgers in trade talks, possibly for Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang, the Post reported.
Pavano? Liriano? How about it, Mets fans?