New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen shows extreme confidence in the team’s rotation ahead of the 2020 campaign.
This week, the New York Mets added depth to a rotation that just lost Zack Wheeler to free agency. The organization signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal as well as right-hander Rick Porcello to a one-year, $10 million deal.
At the moment, the team’s rotation includes those acquisitions along with Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, and Noah Syndergaard. It’s a six-man rotation, as they could still make moves to decrease it to five. Regardless if trades or moves to the bullpen are made, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen possesses confidence in the slate of starting pitchers.
BVW mentioned at the Winter Meetings in San Diego that they have “probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” per Danny Abriano of SNY.
The Mets could potentially look to move Stroman, Matz, or even Syndergaard this offseason. Van Wagenen previously mentioned that they weren’t going to deal the latter this winter. He stood by that at the Winter Meetings. However, you never know if things will change. If the right deal for Thor presents itself, there’s a possibility the Mets could go through with it.
They may transition a starter to the bullpen as well. The Mets temporarily moved Matz to the bullpen last season, as he appeared in two games from that spot. Per Abriano, Van Wagenen sees Matz as a starting pitcher. But, Opening Day is still 3.5 months away, so anything’s possible.