The Mets add a “swingman” to their bullpen to work mostly as a long reliever
In addition to picking up Gray from the Rockies, the Mets will bring one more pitcher to town. This guy I can’t put a name to because I don’t know enough about the roles of pitchers on other clubs. For sake of sticking to the script, I’ll lie and say the crystal ball looks murky and I can’t quite make it out.
What I will define is the role this new guy will play on the Amazins.
Something troubling for the Mets has been their lack of starting pitching depth they thought they had quite secure. Injuries have set them back big time. This will lead to them adding an underwhelming arm before the trade deadline to work in a similar role as Robert Gsellman. The difference: this guy might be a little more stretched out.
I look for the Mets to add a guy starting somewhere else only to possibly take on a relief role for the majority of the time he’s in New York. I have trouble believing all of the Mets relievers will stay healthy through the rest of this season. Out of necessity, a move will need to be made.
This year’s Mets trade deadline won’t grab national headlines. The club was built too effectively in the offseason to warrant any major in-season deals of epic proportions. If the trade deadline is something you’re heavily interested in, prepare for the Mets to add two pitchers and nothing else.
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These predictions are subject to change dependent upon injury, opt-out, and boar attack.