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NY Mets Trade Rumors: Jim Duquette weighs in on 5 starting pitchers the team could add

Jun 11, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Will this be the summer of New York Mets trade rumors focusing on Max Scherzer? Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The trade deadline is approaching quickly. Riding alongside it is the New York Mets trade rumors season.

Former Mets general manager Jim Duquette knows a thing or two about trades. Having executed plenty himself, he recently weighed in on five starting pitchers the Mets could target this summer.

Knowing Noah Syndergaard won’t be ready until at least September and no clear timetable for Carlos Carrasco to finally make his debut, Mets trade rumors involving starting pitchers are going to highlight this July. Who does Duquette think the Mets could add? Let’s get right into it and look at how realistic any of these options are.

Will this be the summer of Mets trade rumors involving Max Scherzer?

I feel it’s obligatory for every competing site here on FanSided to write about something about Max Scherzer and their team. Hall of Fame-bound on a bad team playing in the final year of his contract, he’s the guy every fan base knows and desires. Even if he is just a fraction of the pitcher he was (which he isn’t) he would be worth a look.

In the case of the Mets, it’s hard to see anything actually getting done to acquire Scherzer. He is a member of the Washington Nationals, after all. These two teams don’t do business often. When they do, it’s not typically a trade of this much significance.

Duquette and I are in agreement on Scherzer. As he said, “I don’t think Mike Rizzo, their GM, will trade him within the division, even though he’ll be a free agent.”

Scherzer isn’t Kelly Johnson or any other number of trade deadline acquisitions the Mets have landed at the deadline from a division rival. He’s a polarizing starting pitcher and a guy the Nationals don’t want to see celebrate winning a World Series at Citi Field.

What’s more, think of the cost! Even as a rental, Scherzer is going to require the Mets to give up some huge assets.

A recent injury of his own might slow down any rumors. However, with the trade deadline still a month and a half away, I expect them to pick right back up again.

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