At the start of the offseason, it appeared inevitable that the Mets would move one of their starting pitchers. Using their surplus as part of a blockbuster deal for a shortstop was always a possibility, but most of the talk centered around Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese to a lesser degree. However, a satisfactory deal failed to materialize and it now sounds like the Mets could go into the season with all of them:
As of now, Gee appears to be the odd man out for a rotation spot, with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Bartolo Colon in front of him. And don’t forget, they have Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and even Steven Matz close to the majors. The Mets could still find a trade partner for Gee if some team suffers an injury in the spring, so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. And heck, they might have an injury in their own rotation. Barring any of those outcomes though, Gee will be a $5.3 million reliever this season.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.