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    Who should be our 5th starter?

    I say Jeremy Hefner.

    He had a 3.66 FIP last year and a crazy low walk rate(1.73 BB/9) in 93.2 IP. His xFIP is a little higher at 4.21, but that is still perfectly acceptable for a 5th starter. His K/BB was 3.44 too which is great.

    His 5.09 ERA looks like a fluke because he didn't allow many homers and his LOB% was very low. His BABIP looked higher than it probably should be(.319)

    He also gets a decent amount of GBs(43.8%) so he seems like a worthy option.

    Bill James projects a 3.87 ERA and 3.62 FIP for him in 2013 which would be tremendous.

    I'd rather focus on the bullpen again, and it will be easier to demote Hefner to the pen than a FA starter for when Wheeler comes up. I think it makes sense.

    I'm sure people will want Mejia to get a shot, but honestly his command doesn't seem good enough to be a starter. It's a huge issue for him that needs serious adjustment.
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    I'd like to bring back Young for cheap, but I don't think that will happen.

    If that's the case, then yes, I think letting Hefner at it would be a good move. This could also apply to Familia or Mejia. Let him prove himself and if he is unsuccessful for a bit, call up Wheeler when he's 100% ready.

    In the end, I see all three of Familia, Mejia, and Hefner as bullpen pitchers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetsFanatic19 View Post
    I'd like to bring back Young for cheap, but I don't think that will happen.

    If that's the case, then yes, I think letting Hefner at it would be a good move. This could also apply to Familia or Mejia. Let him prove himself and if he is unsuccessful for a bit, call up Wheeler when he's 100% ready.

    In the end, I see all three of Familia, Mejia, and Hefner as bullpen pitchers.
    NO! Bad MetsFantatic19! *whaps you on the nose with a rolled up newspaper*

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisgruntledGoat View Post
    NO! Bad MetsFantatic19! *whaps you on the nose with a rolled up newspaper*

    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.
    How has he been a bust? What did you expect from him, his 2007 days?

    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.

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    Mejia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingZoFkWeeNz View Post
    Mejia.
    He looks like a failed prospect to me. It looks like he doesn't know what he is doing out there sometimes. I'd actually keep him in AAA until he shows he deserves a shot. Hefner has done his part already.

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    Shawn Marcum if that's a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingZoFkWeeNz View Post
    Shawn Marcum if that's a possibility.
    This would be my choice.

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    I've always said Hefner would be a good long man/6th man starter in his career. Kind of like a Miguel Batista.

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    Whoever earns it in the Spring. No candidate presently on the roster is worthy of earlier consideration.
    Go Grab My Belt

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    Marcum -> Jurrjens -> Wheeler
    #oneatatime

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpagz3 View Post
    Marcum -> Jurrjens -> Wheeler
    Jurrjens looks no better than Hefner. Marcum is injury prone and will want multiple years.

    Wheeler will not start the year in the majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungStuna28 View Post
    Jurrjens looks no better than Hefner. Marcum is injury prone and will want multiple years.

    Wheeler will not start the year in the majors.
    Didn't you say in another thread that if they had Marcum that he would be able to replace Dickey and help contribute to a playoff spot along with Bourn and Hamilton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SILVER SEAVER View Post
    Didn't you say in another thread that if they had Marcum that he would be able to replace Dickey and help contribute to a playoff spot along with Bourn and Hamilton?
    That was an alternate scenario, this is reality.

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    I think Wheeler and d'Arnaud will be called up at the same time after they work together in Vegas for a bit. Would be awesome if they happen to make their debuts on the same day.

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