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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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May 29, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gray makes a little more sense for the Mets

Having spent all of his major league career with the Colorado Rockies, we don’t fully know what Jon Gray can do in a more pitcher-friendly atmosphere. He has averaged a little more than a run per every other inning in his career. His presence within Mets trade rumors won’t get too many casual fans thrilled.

Despite having to pitch at Coors Field half of the time, Gray will be one of this year’s more coveted trade deadline pieces. The Rockies are going nowhere. With Gray headed to free agency this winter, it’s essential they move him for anything at all.

Gray won’t cost anywhere near what Scherzer would and one could argue the cost goes down simply by looking at what he has produced throughout his career. Coming off a poor 2020 campaign and a year that has been about average thus far in 2021, Gray’s a guy just about any team could afford.

I like Gray but I’m not “in like” with him. His career FIP a few points under 4.00 does suggest he’d be better with a team like the Mets. I’d like to see it happen.

Since the Rockies appear headed toward a full rebuild, maybe the only thing the Mets need to surrender in this deal are low-level prospects.

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