On WFAN: Van Wagenen On Mets’ Rotation Depth: ‘We Feel Good About It’

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
March 27, 2019 - 3:12 pm
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By WFAN.com

During Wednesday’s appearance on CMB, Mets’ general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke confidently when asked about rotation depth.

Van Wagenen believes that the Mets have formidable depth and several arms that project to being no. 4 or no. 5 starters.

“We feel good about it,” Van Wagenen said. “People like to talk about what we don’t have. I like to focus on what we do have. We added depth to the rotation by getting guys like Walker Lockett, Hector Santiago. That’s on top of the guys like Corey Oswalt, Drew Gagnon and Chris Flexen. I think we go pretty deep. Nobody can really absorb the adversity that comes with losing one of your aces, but we feel like we’ve added a number of guys that have no. 4, no. 5 potential to our roster.”

The Mets enter 2019 with a rotation five of: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen
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Strong pitching could cause the Mets to exceed expectations in 2019.

"We want to win the whole thing," Van Wagenen said. "If we can't, then we'll reassess what went wrong and we'll try to do better the next year. I'm not going to settle for mediocrity. You'll never hear me talk about unsuccessful, you'll hear me talking about opportunities for improvement and that's my mindset."

Van Wagenen chose not to pursue Gio Gonzalez, who signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees.

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“We’ve got a lot of respect for Gio,” Van Wagenen said. “He’s pitched really well in our ballpark, but from the onset, I don’t think we viewed Gio as a real factor relative to the five starting pitchers that we had.”

The Mets ranked 16th in the majors in 2018 with a 4.07 team ERA and fourth overall with 15 shutouts.

Van Wagenen also touched the development of shortstop Amed Rosario.

“Rosario was one of the greatest positive takeaways from spring training,” Van Wagenen said. “I think the development that he had in the second half of last year and what he was able to do in spring training this year has been exactly what you’d expect from a guy that has an everyday job in big leagues at 22 years old. People forget how young Rosario is. He’s going to play all this year at 23. He’s now got a mentor in Robbie Cano sitting at him on the other side of the bag, that I think he’s going to dramatically help his development even more. Rosario is a future star.”

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