One need only look at the two non-Manhattan sides of the RFK Bridge to understand the concept that when it comes to the July 30 trade deadline, some clubs are gaining reinforcements and others are not.
The Mets, crushed by injuries and yet at the top of the surprisingly bad National League East, are the New York group that is gaining reinforcements. That will triple for their fan base, who have weathered a decades-long wave of embarrassment and incompetence that could fill seven more seasons of “Veep”.
It’s just as obvious where the Mets’ primary need lies, and so when it comes to their pursuit of the starting pitch, at Brodie Van Wagenen’s extremely cautious scale, they should be heading for the aggressive route. , open to abandonment. the best youngsters, like Jose Berrios of Minnesota.
Because to add a high-end arm to this list, well, let’s turn it over to interim Mets general manager Zack Scott, who spoke at Citi Field on Monday before the Mets beat Brandon Woodruff and the Brewers. , 4-2, to post a 44 Record of -37 at the halfway point.
“The goal is to win your division, to make the playoffs and especially given the top of our rotation and our reliever box, I think we have as much of a chance as anyone once we get there.”
Unless the Nationals fall off a cliff this month and make the upcoming Hall of Famer Max Scherzer available, it looks like this commercial market will lack the kind of arm that can electrify a team and a city like, say, Justin Verlander at the Astros in 2017 David Price at the Blue Jays in 2015 or CC Sabathia at the Brewers in 2008. It’s a shame for the Mets, whose president Sandy Alderson has witnessed how such a dynamic player can elevate such a company when, as the general manager of this franchise, he imported Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigres in 2015.
That effort ultimately failed, with the Mets relinquishing the World Series to the Royals, and this team, owner of the fifth-best National League record, certainly has the potential to end the Mets’ no-parade streak at 35. Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker give them a powerful front end of the starting rotation; the enclosure excelled; and the offense, one of the worst in the industry overall, appears poised for a massive hike as its regulars return from the injured list. In fact, if JD Davis can reclaim his starting spot at third base anytime soon, any trade of the Mets for a positional player would displace an established guy there. What you do not exclude. Davis’s grip on the hot turn is the most vulnerable, but there is something to be said for this team’s strong culture and its possible disruption.
Which brings us back to the starting rotation, which features two clear openings, despite Tylor Megill’s good start on Monday night (five innings, one point), and two veterans, Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard, returning from IL without any guarantee they can deliver.
“I think at this point, given the schedule, I can’t make any assumptions. There is only one deadline for transactions, ”Scott said of these two guys.
Berrios, the 27-year-old right-hander, has 106 career ERA-plus and 118 this season and will be eligible for free agency after the 2022 campaign. He is solid, not spectacular, and could make a fourth start. It would certainly be worth it to give up shortstop Ronny Mauricio, whose position is blocked by Francisco Lindor for the foreseeable future. Perhaps right-hander Matt Allan, who had Tommy John surgery earlier this season. Then you can take a guy like outfielder Khalil Lee, who made his major league debut earlier this season, and think of him as a side piece.
The Twins also employ a pair of impending free agent starters in former Yankees Michael Pineda (currently injured) and JA Happ (currently bad), and Pineda could be a difference factor. Berrios, however, ranks as the most reliable product. And these Mets deserve such a commodity.
The Mets are said to find the current Minnesota asking price for the Berrios outrageous, predictably. Scott and company can wait. However, they shouldn’t give up entirely on rewarding this awesome club with a pitching boost.