Five Mets bullpen options to target in a trade this summer

By Jose Rivera
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Progressive Field on June 11, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 11: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Progressive Field on June 11, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
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FLUSHING, NY – MARCH 25: A general view of the Bullpen Cafe entrance at Citi Field home of the Mets on March 25, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

The New York Mets will need to look high and low for bullpen help this summer. If they’re looking to buy, these five relievers could help them out.

As the month of June rolls along we are approaching one of the most anticipated parts of the baseball season. It’s that time of the year where every team takes a good long look at themselves and will decide if they should be buyers or sellers come the month of July. The New York Mets are no different than the 29 other teams around the league as they decide whether to upgrade their team or begin to throw in the towel for the 2019 season.

The Mets are playing a stretch of games that can really make or break their season as they take on teams that are above .500 in 2019. Assuming the Mets get out of this stretch in one piece, the front office has to address one of the biggest areas of concern… The bullpen.

Going into the offseason everyone agreed the Mets needed to upgrade their bullpen. General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen thought he did enough as he traded for the top closer in the American League last year in Edwin Diaz. He also brought back Jeurys Familia, who the Mets traded away at the 2018 trade deadline.

The Mets thought those two arms plus 2018 bright spots Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo would be the beginning of a formidable bullpen that could close out games and elevate the Mets to the top of the division.

So far in 2019, that has not been the case. As Familia and Gsellman continue to struggle, the Mets can’t ignore that they need another arm out there to bridge the gap and get the ball to Diaz, who is also having struggles of his own.

In the coming days of the trade deadline season approaching, many relievers could be available. These five options are ones the Mets should look into if they consider themselves contenders come July 31st.

Come to think of it, they may want to inquire sooner.

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