National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks – Andrew Chafin
In my quest to find the Mets a lefty reliever, we find one on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Veteran southpaw Andrew Chafin pitched well in 2018. Throughout his entire career, he has done something quite magical, too.
It’s really hard to hit a home run against Chafin. In almost 50 innings this year, no one has. He could be even better in a pitcher’s ballpark. Let’s dream.
Colorado Rockies – Antonio Senzatela
I used to think the Mets had a shot at Trevor Story, but those dreams are dashed. Instead, I want them to target a pitcher I think could have success somewhere away from the Colorado Rockies, Antonio Senzatela.
Senzatela had a strong start in 2017 before putting up more Coors-related numbers by season’s end. He hasn’t pitched well in 2018, but a change of scenery may be all it takes. Surely, Citi Field will be kinder to the young righty whom the Mets could groom into becoming either a starter or reliever.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Taylor
There are a couple of current Los Angeles Dodgers many of us would all like to see on the Mets next year. As far as those still under control in 2019, perhaps one of the better trade candidates is Chris Taylor.
Taylor had a breakout 2017 season which included a productive batting line and some powerful numbers. He hasn’t been nearly as productive in 2018, but what’s to say he can’t bounce back? Taylor’s ability to play multiple positions interests me the most as does his low salary and control remaining.
San Diego Padres – Prospects
The San Diego Padres do employ a few possibilities for the Mets. However, it’s the prospects they own I want.
We’ve already heard rumors of the Padres having interest in Noah Syndergaard this offseason. I don’t think much has changed. The team needs some veteran help and the only way they get it is by spending money or by trading their better prospects. The Mets, hopeful to rebuild the farm system, are a match in this regard.
San Francisco Giants – Will Smith
I’ll avoid making any Fresh Prince jokes and get rid to the point. Lefty reliever Will Smith is the guy on the San Francisco Giants the Mets should target.
At a relatively young 29 next year with a season left of control, he’s one of the better southpaws out there to acquire. The Giants, possibly headed toward a re-tooling or even rebuilding phase, may part with him. If they do, let’s hope the Mets are near the front of the line to make an offer.