By Mike Steffanos
I'm in the process of writing a longer piece with some thoughts on the Mets' off-season moves. I hope to have that up by tomorrow. In the meantime, here are some quick thoughts on landing Garcia.
Assuming that the Mets sign Oliver Perez, which seems to be in the works, if nothing else happened the Mets would head into spring training with Johan Santana, Perez, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey, Garcia and Tim Redding as the leading candidates for the five rotation slots.
Also in the mix are Brandon Knight, Jon Niese and Bobby Parnell. Parnell also might be in the bullpen mix. If nothing else, this would be a little deeper in the rotation than the Mets have been in a while.
There are question marks here, but provided the Mets actually sign Perez or Ben Sheets they have a chance at a pretty good rotation. Moreover, there is meaningful depth beyond whoever takes the five slots. I'm reserving full judgment until I see Garcia pitch some spring training innings, but I like this as a solid low risk move.
Check back later tonight for Part 1 of my interview with Joe Janish from Mets Today. As previously mentioned, I'll be back tomorrow with some more in-depth thoughts on the winter comings and goings.