Mets Pitching Addition Rumored to Be Coming Soon

The New York Mets made plenty of additions to their pitcher rotation this offseason. Their work is seemingly not done.
Dec 4, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA;  New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza answers questions at a press
Dec 4, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza answers questions at a press / Kyle Schwab-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets focused their starting pitching rotation this offseason, signing the likes of Luis Severino, Adrian Houser and Sean Manaea. That doesn't mean, however, that their work is done. The latest reporting suggests that the Mets are looking to add a reliever to their bullpen.

The Mets had more pressing needs this offseason and they have done a solid job addressing them, most recently by adding outfielder Harrison Bader. Maybe they weren't able to make a big splash like signing Yoshinobu Yamamoto that fans were hoping for, but it looks like they still have some moves to make to become a contender.

The current rotation for the Mets includes Kodai Senga, Jose Quintana, Severino, Manaea, and Houser. Tylor Megill and Joey Lucchesi will be depth options. All-Star closer Edwin Diaz is back, adding much-needed star-talent relief pitching. They signed Jorge Lopez and made other minor additions to the bullpen.

However, outside of Diaz, high-end talent in the bullpen is a serious problem. The Mets will likely need to add two more relievers to feel good about their rotation. Otherwise, getting the ball to Diaz will be a real issue.

As Andy Martino points out, fortunately, there are plenty of good options on the market. All-Star pitcher Josh Hader would be the ideal scenario, but he might be out of the Mets' price range. Wandy Peralta from the Yankees and Brent Suter from the Colorado Rockies are good options, as well as
John Brebbia, Ryne Stanek, or Robert Stephenson.

How well the Mets do in the relief pitcher market will be one of the determining factors when evaluating how they did this offseason. They may need to nail it to have a shot in the super-competitive NL East next season.