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Latest Offseason Rumors Link Mets to Top Free-Agent Starting Pitchers

Devon Platana
The latest MLB offseason rumors are linking the New York Mets to top free-agent starting pitchers.
The latest MLB offseason rumors are linking the New York Mets to top free-agent starting pitchers. / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

As the MLB offseason continues, so do the New York Mets' starting pitching woes. Noah Syndergaard is gone, there's no guarantee that Marcus Stroman will be back and the club was also burned by Steven Matz.

Fortunately for Mets fans, the team remains in contention for some of the bigger free-agent starting pitcher names. MLB insider Jon Heyman reported Saturday that New York is "focused" on targeting the likes of Max Scherzer, Kevin Gausman and Robbie Ray.

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Out of the three names, Scherzer is the biggest for sure. He's a three-time Cy Young winner and former World Series Champion who continues to pitch effectively into his late 30s. He finished with a 15-4 record in 30 starts last season, pitching to a 2.46 ERA and MLB-leading 0.864 WHIP.

Gausman is another great option to form a one-two punch with Jacob deGrom. The 30-year-old veteran righty had a career-best 2.81 ERA and 14 wins (and six losses) last season, making his first All-Star game and finishing sixth in NL Cy Young voting.

Meanwhile, Ray's been getting a lot of attention too. After all, the southpaw is the reigning AL Cy Young winner. He led all American League pitchers in 2021 when it came to ERA (2.84), WHIP (1.045) and innings pitched (193.1) while pacing the majors with 248 strikeouts.

Even if New York can only land one of the above pitchers, it could make a world of difference when it comes to ending the club's five-year playoff drought.

The Mets currently have +1600 odds to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That puts them in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for ninth-best odds leaguewide.

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