Mets GM Sandy Alderson says his team has started “to sniff around” for additional starting pitching depth, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports.
Steven Matz (flexor tendon) and Seth Lugo (slight UCL tear) are both sidelined, leaving the Mets much thinner on the starting pitching front than the club expected to be when spring training began.
There are a handful of starting pitchers left in the free agent pool, but the Mets would have to hold their nose while they sift through the pile. Among those free agents: Doug Fister, Jerome Williams, Edwin Jackson, Chris Capuano, Alfredo Simon, Colby Lewis, Jake Peavy, and Tim Lincecum. The Mets could also try to address their depth by making a trade.
Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.
Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.
One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.