METS EXPLORING THE TRADE MARKET
With the baseball season being at the halfway point, teams essentially know which teams will be buyers and which teams will be sellers. The New York Mets are holding onto first place with a 44-37 record even with various injuries throughout the season. New owner Steve Cohen and team president Sandy Alderson stated the importance of pitching depth.
During the Wilpons reign, the Mets struggled with rotation depth because of the previous unwillingness to spend. Now, things are a bit different with a new owner who is willing to win a World Series in the next five years. However, the pitching depth this year has taken a bit of a toll.
THE METS ARE SEEMINGLY CURSED WITH INJURIES EVERY YEAR
Injuries seem to mount for the Mets every year but are surprisingly holding a four-game lead over the Washington Nationals in the struggling National League East. Young starting pitcher who had a strong rookie campaign is in a sophomore slump and is out up to eight weeks dealing with an oblique strain.
During the preseason, the starting rotation was thought to be Jacob Degrom, Noah Syndergaard (By early summer or before the All-Star Game), Carlos Carrasco (Acquired in the Francisco Lindor trade), Marcus Stroman, and Taijian Walker. Of course, things do not go as planned as injuries and longer rehab stints are a part of the game.
Carlos Carrasco, who had one of the best comeback stories in MLB history has not pitched for the team this season due to recurring hamstring problems that are keeping him off the mound. The Mets’ next best option Joey Lucchesi, who they brought in for rotation depth will most likely miss a majority if not all of next season due to Tommy John surgery. The next man in line, Jordan Yamamoto, is on the 60-day IL due to shoulder complications.
With the trade deadline approaching the Mets may have to make a big splash or looking for an impactful rental like Yoenis Cespedes who catapulted the organization for a World Series run in 2015. So who should the Mets go after?
NAMES TO KEEP IN MIND
As we know, the organization visited a possible trade scenario involving third baseman Josh Donaldson. With Donaldson’s age being a factor in the long-run, short-term contract concern, and the price to pay, the Mets are unwilling to move the needle in the negotiations unless it moves in the organization’s favor. With that being said, the Mets might be interested in bringing back an old friend in Asdrubal Cabera.
The Mets look like they are more interested in pitching than adding batters. Teams that have rentals include the Minnesota Twins (Michael Pineda), Pittsburgh Pirates (Tyler Anderson), and Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) because these teams are currently rebuilding or just have no intention of competing this year.
Sandy Alderson has reiterated the fact that keeping their top prospects as the farm system has taken a hit under former GM Brodie Van Wagenen, one being the Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz trade. However, would going after an average pitcher help the Mets push for a deep playoff run.
One name the Mets should really consider should be Jose Berrios who will still be on the team even if the team loses Noah Syndergaard and/or Marcus Stroman this winter via free agency. Berrios has bounced this season with a 7-3 record, 3.36 ERA, and 106 strikeouts in 101.2 IP. He pitched last night against the Chicago White Sox, striking out ten batters, giving up one earned run and three walks in 7.0 innings pitched in the loss.
It might cost the Mets a few good prospects, but he would be a good ace behind Jacob Degrom. This move makes too much sense not to take the risk.