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NY Mets: 3 starting pitcher trade candidates in the American League

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 12: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch in the first inning during their game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 12, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 12: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners delivers a pitch in the first inning during their game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 12, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Jun 14, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

NY Mets Trade Candidate: Matthew Boyd

The final pitcher on my list I think the Mets should target as a pick up from the American League is the six year southpaw veteran Matthew Boyd from the Detroit Tigers. Boyd got out to a hot start in 2021, posting a 1.94 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP through his first seven outings. Since then he has come back down to earth a little. Boyd features a decent three pitch arsenal consisting of a fastball, change up and slider which he can use to generate decent strike out numbers.

Boyd is currently putting up his career best in ERA this season so far and has shown in the past that he can pitch over 150 innings a season for multiple years. This is the type of consistency and availability the Mets need considering they are constantly getting bombarded with a rash of injuries to their starting rotation.

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With the Detroit Tigers 14 games out of first place in the American League central and going nowhere fast, playoff contending teams can expect the Washington state native to be put on the midseason trading block very soon. Don’t be surprised if the Mets pounce at the opportunity, though they may have to part with a prospect the likes of Mark Vientos to bring back Boyd.

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