I agree Marcum would be great but sadly he's most likely out of our price range.
I should note that this is just my opinion at this moment. Obviously spring training could change this.
5+7 has expressed my exact thoughts on the Mejia situation.
Now is probably the only opportunity he's gonna get to show what he's got. Jeremy Hefner has gotten his and showed us. It's not bad, but Mejia can be better. The organization screwed him over, he deserves a real shot now.
Young is NOT a good choice, cheap or not, he's had 2 seasons..2 chances here..both of them were a bust, let's not make the same mistake thrice
We essentially don't have a bullpen at this point and whatever rag-tag group eventually gets thrown together will not be able to handle the work load Young would shoulder them with, at BEST he's a 2x through the batting order pitcher before he starts getting lit up, personally he hasn't shown me that he's effective much past the 4th inning.
I rather staple my balls 100 times than to see Hefner as the 5th starter, in this one occasion I say **** FIP!!
IMO he is a guy whose FIP may look decent enough now, but he will get hit hard over a whole season. Also is not like his good games were against top notch offensive teams, 2 were against the Marlins, 1 was vs the Astros and the other vs the Pirates who did not show up the last month and a half of the year. Also they were mostly in September and I always take what a guys does in that month with a grain of salt since there are many teams that have packed it in like the Astros, Marlins and Pirates.
He is a guy that you may use as the long man and use as a swing guy if they are no other options or things have gone horribly wrong.
I much rather give a guy with higher potential a shot.
He's been pretty much average all around.
4.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 0.287 BABIP, 4.50 FIP all around average for age 33 and around league average for the most part.
He is a good veteran to bring back who can help out Harvey, Wheeler, and other young guys coming up this year. I'd rather bring him back for cheap than to overpay for Marcum.
I do agree that Hefner was quite unlucky this season, and was better than his surface stats show. I wouldn't be opposed to giving him a spot in ST. Right now, we have 4 guys with guaranteed rotation spots, although one of them is a huge injury risk. I would like to sign someone like Marcum or Pavano and have Hefner as insurance as our spot starter. Marcum and Pavano have put up #3 starter-esque seasons just 1 season ago.
Odds are, one (or more) of our current four will get injured, and we shouldn't have to risk Wheeler up if that happens. We need some depth at SP.
I don't know much about what we're planning on doing with Mejia, but he doesn't seem like a real viable option. He just doesn't strike anyone out anymore, and his BB rate is far too high to make up for that. I would make him a middle reliever.