If the New York Mets are buyers, they have four attainable pieces to think about currently pitching in relief for the San Francisco Giants.
Not too long ago, we saw the San Francisco Giants up close. Their rich history, recent championships in the early part of the decade, and star names make it seem like they would be a good ball club. Unfortunately for them, it’s 2019 and the New York Mets are the far superior team. When the trade deadline rolls around, it’s teams like the one in Flushing that will plunder them for talent.
The Giants do have one thing going for them. Their bullpen is pretty strong. I think manager Bruce Bochy handles them well and a reason for it has been how effective each man has performed in their bleaker 2019 campaign.
We know the greatest trade deadline need for the Mets is some relief help. So, looking ahead to the trade deadline, it’s worth paying attention to these four names.
There are currently two big league players named Will Smith and puns related to the actor/rapper have gotten plenty of attention with it. The particular one I am referring to is the closer for the Giants in 2019. The veteran southpaw has had a productive MLB career and is on an expiring contract. Previously traded at the deadline back in 2016 to the Giants from the Milwaukee Brewers, he’s a southpaw to watch.
Smith would clearly have a different role with the Mets if they were able to acquire him. Hopefully, it would be as more than a left-handed specialist. Mickey Callaway cannot possibly be that naïve to use him exclusively in that role, can he?
Left-handed relief help is something the Mets need badly. Luis Avilan pitched poorly before his IL stint and Daniel Zamora looked limited. Smith would give them a different type of weapon to use late in games. When healthy, Justin Wilson also underperformed.
I imagine Smith will be one of the more talked about trade chips shopped this July. Acquiring him will cost a pretty penny. Even with free agency only months away, his age (turning 30 in July) and successful track record in several different roles bode well for the Giants in getting something sweet back in return.
Though Smith is a name to watch, I don’t foresee him as a realistic option for the Mets. This organization has a minimal amount of players they could or should even consider trading away. For a few months of Smith, it’s essential they don’t deal away the farm. I like him but I’m not in-like with him.