What do the Mets need, according to Joel Sherman? Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is making $5 million this season and can be a free agent after next year. He is not having a good campaign, going 8-11 with a 4.80 ERA. But over the previous two seasons he was 23-19 with a 3.23 ERA. The Mets have talked about scouring the market for pitchers they like who are underperforming this year but who their scouts like, hoping they might be able to buy low. I have no idea if their scouts like Rodriguez.
But he is still only 31 and a lefty. In his last start on Sunday, he held the Reds to one hit and no runs over seven innings. He is durable. And he is a flyball pitcher, who would probably benefit coming to big Citi Field, though he actually pitches much better at offensively friendly Minute Maid Park than on the road.