NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Mets have many holes on their roster heading into the 2013 season — that much is clear.

Most of the criticism has centered on New York’s outfield, which certainly needs to be upgraded. Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter — the starters if the season started tomorrow — make up arguably the worst outfield in the majors.

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But there is also a hole in the starting rotation now that 20-game winner R.A. Dickey is on the Blue Jays.

The Amazin’s won’t be able to replace a Cy Young Award winner, but they could certainly use another arm to bolster their staff.

So with some money to spend — New York hasn’t signed one major league free agent all offseason — who are they looking to fill the void?

Right-hander Carl Pavano — who is no stranger to the Big Apple — is on the Mets’ radar. The 36-year-old’s agent told the Newark Star Ledger that there is “mutual interest” between both sides. However, talks are “very preliminary,” the newspaper reported.

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The Mets’ starting rotation currently consists of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey. If the Mets don’t sign or trade for a clear-cut fifth starter, Jenrry Mejia, Jeremy Hefner and Collin McHugh will duke it out for the final spot.

Pavano, a 13-year veteran, pitched with the Yankees from 2005 to 2008. After signing a four-year, $39.95 million contract with the Bronx Bombers, Pavano had an ineffective and injury-prone tenure.

He missed the entire 2006 season, and in 26 total starts went 9-8 and never posted an ERA better than 4.70.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder struggled mightily for the Twins last season. In 11 starts, he went 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA. The 2004 All-Star allowed 80 hits and nine home runs in just 63 innings pitched.

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