In the last 3 years, the New York Mets have been predicted to have the best rotation in baseball. The Met's almost All-Star rotation includes: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jason DeGrom, and Zack Wheeler. However, things have not panned out for the Fantastic Five. They have missed over 375 games combined, due to injury, since 2013. The Met's front office did their job by acquiring these 5 studs via the draft and trade. Here's a breakdown of those acquisitions--
2009- New York Mets select LHP Steven Matz (72nd overall)
2010- New York Mets select RHP Matt Harvey (7th overall)
2010- New York Mets select RHP Jason DeGrom (272nd overall)
2011- New York Mets traded RF Carlos Beltran to San Francisco Giants for RHP Zack Wheeler
2012- New York Mets traded C Josh Thole, C Mike Nickeas, and RHP R.A. Dickey to Toronto Blue Jays for C John Buck, RHP Noah Syndergaard, C Travis d'Arnaud and OF Wuilmer Becerra
Matt Harvey and Zach Wheeler are by far the most disappointing out of the five. Harvey has been on a steady decline since his initial injury in 2013. His K/9 ratio dropped from his 10.62 (2013) to 7.38 (2016), along with his BAA jumping from .222 (2015) to .302 (2016). On the other side, Wheeler can't seem to recover from his 2015 Tommy John surgery. He has missed a total of 180 games since joining the Mets in 2011.
Is it time to restructure this rotation? Especially with the loss of their heart and soul, Bartolo Colon. Who should they mold a new rotation around? Are Harvey and Wheeler's stocks too low right now? Buckle up. Here's the reasoning behind the madness of giving up on the Fantastic Five--
Reasoning: Their stocks are dropping. And fast. Harvey's stock, unless he has a bounce back year, has gone down considerably. Especially with the young flame throwers in the game now, a club doesn't want an injury prone money pit. If I were the Met's front office, I would keep Syndergaard, obviously, and probably DeGrom. The only way I would part ways with DeGrom is if Matz, Wheeler, or Harvey were involved and I received multiple prospects. Although none of these pitchers have reached the 30 marker in age, it's time to dump and reinvest. MLBPipline's top 100 mention only 2 Mets, and neither of them are pitchers.
Opinion/Prediction: Dumpthem all--except Snydergaard. The New York Yankees have the prospects to make a nice trade. They have weak pitching and a group of young position players that will need MLB ready pitchers to play around. I would like to think the New York teams could come to this agreement: Jason DeGrom and Zack Wheeler in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Ronald Herrera, and LHP Dietrich Enns. If I were the Mets, I would even throw in some cash to make it look better for the Yanks. After the trade with the Yankees, the real negotiating begins since Harvey and Matz are the remaining two. The Mets would likely trade them separate, and would need to add an MLB ready pitcher so 19 year olds aren't taking the mound. Matz would be a great fit in Washington, especially after they unloaded 2 pitching prospects for Eaton. I would ask for RHP Voth and OF Taylor. The reason for Taylor is to add a little bit of speed to the outfield and bench. And then there was 1, Matt Harvey. He's currently 28, and on the decline. To get a decent return on him, Harvey would have to post some solid numbers the first half of the season. I would not wait around to see if he can stay healthy. As soon as his stock is on the rise, SELL SELL SELL. Based on pre-season rotations around the league, the San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates are among the handful that could use any one of these guys.