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NY Mets: 2 major potential trade deadline needs we could see addressed

Jun 3, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) is greeted at the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 3, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; New York Mets catcher James McCann (33) is greeted at the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch during the first inning of a rehab assignment start for the St. Lucie Mets against Daytona Tortugas on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. According to a statement from the Mets, Syndergaard was removed after one inning due to right elbow soreness.Tcn Syndergaard

Uncertainty with the starting rotation could cause the Mets to buy a starting pitcher

The Mets have a three-man rotation at the moment. David Peterson has been more miss than hit and Joey Lucchesi is only effective when he pitches less than five innings. Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard are expected to make their season debut at some point this summer. I think we all know better than to put all of our faith in hopefulness.

After all, you are a Mets fans, right?

Is it so insane to expect the Mets to maybe buy a starting pitcher this summer? It wouldn’t be an ace-level guy. Someone on an expiring contract having an atypically good year could do.

I would pay close attention to those veteran starters on bad teams right now. Any of them could slip to the Mets in a swap which costs them very little. I know starting pitching is in high demand around the trade deadline. It will cost the Mets something, but maybe not as much as we think if the supply is at least close to the demand.

Starting pitching is one thing the Mets cannot ignore. Fortunately, building up depth in the offseason was a primary focus of this front office. The depth hasn’t worked out to perfection, but the team is very much alive and has stayed well afloat even with multiple injuries to their starters.

This all leads to one final question I would like to propose: how willing should the Mets be to overpay for a starting position player or pitcher?

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