These three pitchers could help the New York Mets in their 2020 playoff pursuit.
Coming into this final week, before the August 31 trade deadline, the New York Mets find themselves in a precarious position of figuring out whether they want to be buyers or sellers going forward in 2020. Currently, they sit tied for ninth coming into this Friday’s play with the San Francisco Giants and just a half-game behind the Phillies for that final playoff spot in the National League.
So by no means,despite their poor and frustrating play at times in 2020, are they completely out of the playoff hunt just yet.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen has gone on record with the media saying he doesn’t plan on being too bold or adventurous when it comes to making big-name trade acquisitions at the deadline. It does seem like both the Wilpons and the angry outcries of you, the Mets fans, has finally gotten to Brodie after some of his previous farm system trade blunders over the last two years.
But Van Wagenen did also mention that he would be “opportunistic” and wouldn’t rule out going after some under the radar pieces if the price was right.
I think we, as fans, can all agree that some of the most pressing needs on this team with the losses of Wheeler, Syndergaard, and Stroman from the starting rotation would be starting pitching depth. And not far behind that would be an upgrade or two in the bullpen to stabilize the Mets’ late-game pitching collapse issues.
I have listed three possible pitchers the Mets may target in a trade deadline acquisition that I think they can go after without having to give up anything major from the top crux of their farm system or from their current roster.