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After the Break: Adding an arm

Will the Mets add another starting pitcher?

Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey – assuming he overcomes his recent struggles – are a solid 1-2 at the top of the rotation. Jonathon Niese, although impressive, is still an unproven commodity. R.A. Dickey has more than earned his salary already and Hisanori Takahashi belongs in the bullpen. Jerry Manuel insists he doesn’t have a spot in the rotation for Oliver Perez or John Maine.

With such uncertainty at the bottom of the rotation, the Mets will consider adding another starting pitcher to bolster the staff. Some potential candidates:

Roy Oswalt, Houston: 6-10, 3.08 ERA

The 32-year-old has asked to be traded and the Astros, who are rarely sellers, may comply. The asking price, however, may be too much for the Mets.

Dan Haren, Arizona: 7-7, 4.36 ERA

The 29-year-old is having the worst season of his career for a disappointing Diamondback team. With one of the worst records in the league, the D’backs will entertain offers for the three-time All-Star but, like Oswalt, he won’t come cheap.

Ted Lilly, Chicago Cubs: 3-8, 4.08 ERA

The 34-year-old lefthander will be a free agent after the season and the struggling Cubs, who are unlikely to resign him, may look to get some value for him. The former Yankee would be a nice fit for the Mets.

Kevin Millwood, Baltimore: 2-8, 5.77 ERA

The 35-year-old would bring a veteran presence but not much more. After winning 13 games f the Rangers last season, he has been underwhelming this season and is currently on the DL with a right forearm strain. Millwood is making $12 million and will be a free agent after the season.


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