Mets Now Centered On Pitching

9:35 am: The Mets are “not overly optimistic” about signing Scherzer, regardless of having had dialog with agent Scott Boras, per Andy Martino of SNY (via Twitter). Gausman is their present focus. Martino provides that Gausman might make his signing resolution as early as as we speak.

8:49 am: The Mets started their offseason in earnest yesterday, including a trio of 33-year-old bats to the lineup. Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha carry certainty to the start of latest GM Billy Eppler’s tenure, in addition to defensive flexibility and right-handed thump. The additions may very well be all they should solidify their lineup (together with Nick Plummer as a possible reserve outfielder), however they don’t tackle what’s arguably the Mets’ largest want: pitching.

With Noah Syndergaard in Los Angeles and the Steven Matz debacle within the rear-view, pitching stays a precedence, writes The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Free agent Marcus Stroman matches the invoice, however the worm-killing righty has been vocal of late, each about his curiosity in returning to New York, and concerning the group’s obvious give attention to different arms, per Stroman himself (via Twitter).

Former Rockies’ right-hander Jon Gray could also be a kind of different potential targets, per Joel Sherman of the New York Publish (via Twitter). It’s unclear if Sherman is speculating on match or reporting group curiosity, however Grey is a well-liked title regardless, given his perceived upside as he leaves Colorado. Past Grey, Max Scherzer and Kevin Gausman are two of the highest arms in the marketplace that the Mets could also be eyeing. Both one could be an improve for the highest of the Mets rotation, which at present has expertise, however loads of damage uncertainty in Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, and Taijuan Walker.

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