The Mets aren’t trading Peterson
Two of the most notable trades in the still infantile Brodie Van Wagenen era resulted in the Mets trading away their first-round picks in the 2016 and 2018 drafts for a combination of Edwin Diaz, Marcus Stroman, and Robinson Cano.
With Jarred Kelenic blossoming into a potential transcendent superstar in the Mariners organization, Justin Dunn looking like a future piece of the Mariners pitching staff, and Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson looking like long term pieces in Toronto’s pitching staff, Brodie has shown remarkable restraint this offseason to not make a similar franchise-altering trade that may cost the team its top 2017 draft pick in Peterson.
While there was never an official trade package listed when the Mets engaged the Pittsburgh Pirates for former centerfielder Starling Marte, since acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Peterson’s name was frequently listed as a possible piece in a deal.
Peterson may not be at the same level as fellow 2017 first-round lefties MacKenzie Gore (Padres), Brendan McKay (Rays), and DL Hall (Orioles), but he still should be viewed as a vital piece in the team’s future plans.
A left-handed pitcher with a deceptive motion, while not uncommon is still a valuable asset to have in the Mets rotation, and with Peterson the healthiest advanced level pitching prospect, he should be viewed as the type of innings eating back end rotation pitcher the Mets need to compete every fifth day.