How willing to overpay should the Mets be?
Between the two, I like the idea of overpaying for a starting pitcher a little more than an everyday player. I feel like starting pitching injuries are more likely and you can get around any logjams easier with a bullpen.
Regardless of any team’s situation, they condense the starting rotation down from five to three in the first round and then back up to only four for the rest of the playoffs. In an ideal world for the starting rotation this year, someone would have already slipped into the bullpen for a playoff run.
As far as overpaying goes, there is a limit to how much the Mets should give up for either a starting pitcher or an everyday position player. Under the idea that this hypothetical man will have a lesser role when the IL begins to clear, it’s tough to justify giving up major prospects for depth pieces. Years of control could factor in. A guy they can have for the 2022 season would be well worth overpaying or as long as they have a plan how to use him in the future.
We’re all still trying to get to know this front office better. Over the winter, they had their limits in free agency. The Mets weren’t willing to go the extra few million to sign some of the league’s best baseball nomads. How will they handle trades?
The farm system is important to Sandy Alderson and company. They have said so publicly. I don’t see them giving up a lot in any of these depth moves. This isn’t a Brodie Van Wagenen situation where he’s GM’ing to save his job.
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The Mets may slightly overpay at this trade deadline to help their 2021 odds. However, those best prospects of theirs aren’t going anywhere. Instead, look for savvy moves over flashy ones.