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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 9, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Tyler Anderson (31) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Anderson is the lone lefty to make this list

Tyler Anderson was pitching well this year for the Pittsburgh Pirates until the Los Angeles Dodgers beat him up. It happens.

Yet another guy headed to free agency after this season is through, he’s a name I do think we’ll see on the Mets’ wishlist. Because he is a lefty and the two worst starters the Mets have had this year also throw from that side, it would make sense for the team to prioritize southpaws.

Anderson might be the cheapest player from Duquette’s list. He might have the weakest career of them all.

The Pirates aren’t in the business of holding onto a guy and hoping for the best offer possible. Instead, I think they would willingly trade Anderson to the Mets for a minor league lottery ticket.

In Anderson’s case, he might even be a guy the Mets could acquire sooner than later. If I was the general manager in Pittsburgh, I wouldn’t hesitate to deal a guy like him. Why hold out for a better offer closer to the end of July and risk someone losing value? Anderson doesn’t have the same pedigree as some other names expected to become available. The moment a trade offer of any significance comes along, pull the trigger.

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Weeks ago, I was not expecting this to become the summer of Mets trade rumors revolving around starting pitching. Injuries and poor performances have changed things. Expect these names, and more, to appear on your social media feed plenty this summer.

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