After trading for Carlos Carrasco, Jared Porter says Mets are ‘comfortable but not satisfied’ with rotation

Corey Kluber delivers a pitch wearing powder blue Rangers uniform
Corey Kluber provides a pitch using powder blue Rangers uniform

With the Mets’ acquisition of right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Thursday as part of the smash hit trade that likewise brought Francisco Lindor to Queens, New york city’s beginning rotation got a huge increase.

However more assistance might still be on the method.

“I am comfortable. I’m comfortable but I’m not satisfied if that makes sense,” GM Jared Porter stated Friday throughout a look on the Moose & Maggie reveal on WFAN. “I don’t think you can ever be satisfied in baseball. I think the best teams in baseball are never satisfied. You have to always look to get better, to improve.

“I believe we definitely have some actually great pitchers. It’s amazing with the 3 people at the top, who I have actually spoken about a lot. With (Jacob) deGrom, Carrasco, and (Marcus) Stroman in no specific order. David Peterson emerged last season, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo might be a starter. And after that Noah Syndergaard — a possibility to be among the very best beginners in the video game — is on track to ideally return in June. We have great alternatives, however we’re never ever gonna be pleased.”

While a lot of what Porter said was GM-speak — and struck the same kind of tone he’s been hitting since taking over as GM in December — it’s very easy to see the Mets adding a finishing piece of sorts to their rotation.

Beyond the pitchers Porter listed above, the Mets’ depth on the 40-man roster and in the upper levels of the minors is thin. And while it’s nice to envision good health for most of their current starters, a return to form by Matz, continued success from Peterson, and a quick return from Syndergaard, those things are all far from a guarantee.

Additionally, while Lugo is an option to start (and his role remains up in the air, as team president Sandy Alderson discussed on Thursday), it’s clear that he belongs in the bullpen.

After adding Carrasco, the Mets are out on Jake Odorizzi, SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Thursday.

However with approximately $30 million to play with previously striking the $210 million high-end tax, the Mets can quickly include a low-risk, high-reward beginning pitcher and still manage to include a center fielder and possibly another back-end bullpen piece prior to striking the high-end tax limit.

Prior to trading for Carrasco, it was reported that the Mets prepared to go to Corey Kluber‘s tossing session next week. The Mets have actually likewise been linked to James Paxton.

Either Kluber or Paxton would be a great last piece to the beginning 5, providing the Mets a pitcher with high benefit who can supply depth to a rotation that still requires some.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.