Alderson said in a recent interview with SNY that young pitching prospect Matt Harvey is close to MLB-ready, and improvements will look to be made in key areas across the board.
"We want to try to field the best team possible, so as we get to the deadline, we look at where we think we have weaknesses," Alderson said. "Our assessment isn't going to be much different than ... the average fan's. But at the same time, we have to be able to find people who improve us."
Addressing the issue of depth in the starting rotation, Alderson said "If we have a need, I think Matt Harvey is getting closer. We may see a convergence between his development and our need at some point. I think the fact that he pitched so well over the first part of the season and we haven't had the need at this point bodes well, but if we get a month down the road, he certainly could be a viable option for us."
With Harvey on the horizon, I wouldn't expect Alderson to make any moves outside the organization to upgrade the starting rotation.
Here's a look at five players from outside the organization that can fill a need for the Mets coming down the stretch:
1) Francisco Rodriguez: "K-Rod" may have wore out his welcome by the end of his three-year stint in New York, but it's hard to deny the 83 saves and stellar 3.05 ERA he tallied for the Mets between 2009 and 2011. With the Milwaukee Brewers one of the few teams that will definitely be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline, the Mets might be able to bring him back on the cheap.
2) Brett Myers: With Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez each battling through injuries, the Mets need to shore up the bullpen to ease the stress on Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak.
Enter Houston Astros reliever Brett Myers, a grizzled veteran who has a reputation as a reliable and steady arm out of the pen. The 31-year-old is in the midst of one of his finest seasons to date, as he has a 3.34 ERA with just 11 earned runs allowed in 29.2 innings of work.
3) Huston Street: With the San Diego Padres already 13 games out of first-place in the NL West, they will definitely be looking to retool for the future.
28-year-old righty Huston Street is a highly-coveted reliever, and may be out of the Mets' price range if they want to hold onto their top prospects of the future. Street has a 1.13 ERA with a WHIP of 0.75.
4) Ramon Hernandez: Let's just say Mets' backup catcher Mike Nickeas is no Mike Piazza. Nickeas is hitting just .174 in 37 games, so they Mets could clearly use a better backup catcher who can provide some pop at the plate. Colorado Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez has over a decade of experience in the pro ranks and he's a career .265 hitter.
5) Josh Willingham: At this point, Mets fans will pretty much take anyone decent if it means finally getting rid of Jason Bay.
Minnesota Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is a serviceable hitter, and he proved this season that there's plenty of power left in his bat at age 33. He has 19 homers, and the new hitter-friendly dimensions in the Citi Field outfield would help him rake in even more.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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