Robert Gsellman might be an intriguing piece to another ball club
Robert Gsellman doesn’t really seem to have a place on the 2021 Mets or even on future ball clubs. Once a promising young starter turned reliever, he has been below-average for the last few years. The team is using him as the long-man out of the bullpen this year. When Seth Lugo returns, there’s a chance we see him demoted.
I do think Gsellman can be a good pitcher in the big leagues. He’s not destined to win a Cy Young or steal away starts. On a rebuilding squad, I could see him fitting in as a reclamation project.
Gsellman’s ability to pitch multiple innings shouldn’t be overlooked. A true starter without the results we wanted, he could be a case of a late bloomer. How many relievers are there in baseball right now that failed in one area and then became a solid high-leverage arm out of the bullpen?
The Mets won’t get a whole lot in exchange for Gsellman. Ideally, maybe he can be packaged or swapped for a more proven veteran on an expiring deal.
Let’s say the Pittsburgh Pirates—a 2021 whipping boy for other teams looking for talent—like what Gsellman can do. The Mets shouldn’t hesitate to move on from him if it nets them a more trustworthy arm. Pittsburgh then has someone they can attempt to mold into either a good starter or a reliever they can trade again in the future.
First, Gsellman will need to pitch well for the Mets to have any chance at a return for him.