After trading for Carlos Carrasco, Jared Porter says Mets are 'comfortable but not satisfied' with rotation

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Danny Abriano
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Corey Kluber delivers a pitch wearing powder blue Rangers uniform
Corey Kluber delivers a pitch wearing powder blue Rangers uniform

With the Mets' acquisition of right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco on Thursday as part of the blockbuster trade that also brought Francisco Lindor to Queens, New York's starting rotation got a big boost.

But more help could still be on the way.

"I am comfortable. I'm comfortable but I'm not satisfied if that makes sense," GM Jared Porter said Friday during an appearance on the Moose & Maggie show on WFAN. "I don't think you can ever be satisfied in baseball. I think the best teams in baseball are never satisfied. You have to always look to get better, to improve.

"I think we certainly have some really good pitchers. It's exciting with the three guys at the top, who I've talked about a lot. With (Jacob) deGrom, Carrasco, and (Marcus) Stroman in no particular order. David Peterson emerged last season, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo could be a starter. And then Noah Syndergaard -- a chance to be one of the best starters in the game -- is on track to hopefully come back in June. We have good options, but we're never gonna be satisfied."

While a lot of what Porter said was GM-speak -- and struck the same kind of tone he's been hitting since taking over as GM in December -- it's very easy to see the Mets adding a finishing piece of sorts to their rotation.

Beyond the pitchers Porter listed above, the Mets' depth on the 40-man roster and in the upper levels of the minors is thin. And while it's nice to envision good health for most of their current starters, a return to form by Matz, continued success from Peterson, and a quick return from Syndergaard, those things are all far from a guarantee.

Additionally, while Lugo is an option to start (and his role remains up in the air, as team president Sandy Alderson discussed on Thursday), it's clear that he belongs in the bullpen.

After adding Carrasco, the Mets are out on Jake Odorizzi, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Thursday.

But with roughly $30 million to play with before hitting the $210 million luxury tax, the Mets can easily add a low-risk, high-reward starting pitcher and still afford to add a center fielder and perhaps another back-end bullpen piece before hitting the luxury tax threshold.

Before trading for Carrasco, it was reported that the Mets planned to attend Corey Kluber's throwing session next week. The Mets have also been connected to James Paxton.

Either Kluber or Paxton would be a terrific final piece to the starting five, giving the Mets a pitcher with high upside who can provide depth to a rotation that still needs some.