Chris Young (pictured) remains high on GM Sandy Alderson's radar and the righty is among the candidates to sign in New York. The Mets will certainly end up signing one starter, but it may not be Young. Other candidates include Freddy Garcia and Jeff Francis although the Mets will also consider any other established starters looking for a deal such as Brad Penny or Jeremy Bonderman. (Bonderman, in particular, might be a nice grab as he is just 28 and could rebound for the Mets.)
However, Mike Puma of the New York Post hears from team sources that New York is more likely to go the trade route after so much frustration on the free-agent market. The top name on the trade market is Tom Gorzelanny, who figures to make less than $2 million via arbitration.
Matt Garza, the top pitcher left in the starting-pitching market , is also an option but Alderson would have to appeal to management for the funds Garza would earn as well as surrender some of his top prospects. That's highly unlikely to happen.
The Mets, as Martino writes, may be waiting for starter Brandon Webb to sign a deal and set the market for free-agent pitchers with injury concerns.
-- Evan Brunell
UPDATE: Martino tweets that the team isn't going forward with any negotiations with Garcia beyond its initial contact and is unlikely to make any moves until next month. The team has not made an offer to Young, Martino tweets .
-- C. Trent Rosecrans