With the injuries to Steven Matz (flexor strain) and Seth Lugo (partial UCL tear), the New York Mets are looking to add pitching depth for their starting rotation, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. One pitcher the Mets have expressed interest in is Doug Fister. The Mets want to give Fister a minor league deal but he still wants to hold out for a major league deal.
The Mets rotation has plenty of power with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, and Zack Wheeler. As of right now, they all appear to be healthy. If a deal with Fister comes to fruition, he could take Wheeler's spot in the rotation until Matz or Lugo return from injury.
Wheeler has missed the past two seasons due to injuries and the Mets would like to keep him on an innings limit this season so signing Fister may help out the cause. The Mets would also have to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Fister and they could accomplish that by moving David Wright, Matz, or Lugo from the 10-day to 60-day disabled list.
Fister isn't the only pitcher they have expressed interest in, either. They've also looked at former Met Mike Pelfrey, who was released from the Detroit Tigers, but he signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox.
Fister, 33, posted a lackluster 4.64 ERA last season with the Houston Astros and his velocity has dipped from the 89-90 mph range to the 86-87 mph range in recent seasons, but remains a durable arm by pitching in 32 starts and 180 1/3 innings last year.