Jon Gray might make the most sense for the Mets
Jon Gray is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get.
In his career, he has had ERAs of 4.61, 3.67, 5.12, 3.84, and 6.69 dating back to 2016. The owner of an ERA at slightly above a run per every other inning, his FIP below 4.00 suggests he has been a victim of pitching for Colorado.
Gray hasn’t exactly been brilliant at staying healthy. His two best years included 110.1 and 150 innings pitched. He’s also currently on the IL.
This doesn’t bode well for a trade with the Mets because what they need now more than ever is someone who is healthy. The injury, however, isn’t expected to keep him out for long.
What I like about Gray is that he’s purely a rental. A free agent after this year, there’s nothing locking him to the Mets beyond the final few months of this season. The team is free to do whatever they want with him thereafter. Re-sign, let him walk, or pretend he never existed. The possibilities aren’t quite endless but they are all choices.
As far as cost goes, Gray is the “baby bear” of the group. Marquez’s porridge is too hot and Senzatela’s is too cold. Gray’s is closer to just right.
Depending on what the outlook of injuries is closer to the trade deadline should say a lot about exactly what the Mets desire most. This will depend most heavily on Carlos Carrasco’s return/debut for the club and how healthy the rest of the starters look.
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