Todd Frazier for Yusmeiro Petit of the Oakland Athletics
The fact that Todd Frazier is batting .307 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs in his last 30 games makes him a worthy trade piece, as the July deadline gets nearer.
Specifically, he could become a valuable bat off the bench for an American League Team. I think he would fit in well with the Athletics, as he would be back with Sandy Alderson who signed him to his current two-year deal with the Mets prior to the start of the 2018 season.
A’s RHP Yusmeiro Petit would be a game changer for the beleaguered Mets relief corp. So far this season, he has posted a 2.79 ERA through 42.0 IP and 33 strikeouts, making him a bonafide impact addition, should Van Wagenen choose to target him.
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Moreover, another option could be Detroit Tigers’ 30-year-old Shane Greene, who has put together an impressive 2019 campaign, highlighted by his 0.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP through 29 innings pitched.
Either way, both arms would provide seventh inning relievers and an instant boost to the Mets tired and depleted bullpen.
The fact of the matter is, Mets internal pitching replacement, Walker Lockett failed in his 2019 debut after only 2.1 innings pitched against the Chicago Cubs, and Brooks Pounders remains unproven after only 3.1 innings pitched during which he has given up no runs coming out of the pen.
Finally, despite their bullpen struggles and starting pitching, this Mets team has talent; probably even more raw talent than they had in 2015 when they went all the way to the World Series!
What they lack is the leadership – managerial and veteran – to put all the pieces together and rise in their division.
The key to saving their season is fixing their bullpen. Add three, or at least two, quality arms to the pen and see what a difference that makes. Besides injuries, their most glaring problem is securing those last nine outs of the ball game. They have talent at the plate but just lack it consistently on the mound.
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Lastly, here’s something to leave you with: The Mets were 37-37 on June 25, 2015, and managed to claw their way to the World Series later that season. There’s still hope. The Wild Card is within reach.