The Mets have looked at signing Doug Fister, according to Jon Heyman. The right-handed sinker-baller had a good run in his time with the Mariners and Tigers, but he’s 33 years old and hasn’t had a better-than-average ERA since 2014. He’s reportedly insisting on a major league deal, which the Mets don’t appear interested in offering to him.
The Mets also expressed some interest in bringing back Mike Pelfrey before he went to the White Sox. He’ll presumably get a better chance to make the rotation on the south side of Chicago than he would in Queens.
The rumors indicate that the Mets are in pursuit in pitching depth. Considering Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are already on the shelf, that may not be such a bad idea. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Fister would be the right match anyway. His walk rate ballooned to 8% last year with the Astros, and he’s never struck out that many batters. For the Mets’ defense, it just might not be a good fit.