SAN DIEGO — The Mets rotation and bullpen have vacancies, but general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s use of the word “depth” on Monday may indicate the team is thinking small in trying to fill both needs.
As the winter meetings opened, Van Wagenen identified starting pitching “depth” and bullpen “depth” as primary needs, while hinting that Marcus Stroman’s addition at last summer’s trade deadline could actually be counted as an offseason move. It still leaves the Mets a starter short following Zack Wheeler’s departure to the Phillies.
“I think part of our offseason strategy started in July,” Van Wagenen said. “We traded for Marcus Stroman recognizing that starting pitching was going to be expensive and difficult to acquire so that was kick-starting that, so I think in some ways we got out in front of all this a little earlier. I think the way our starting pitching was assembled, we had a little bit more of a solid foundation than some other teams did around the league and we felt good about that, but we have to compete.
“We have to find ways to improve our roster and whether that’s in incremental moves or larger more high-impact moves, we…