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NY Mets: Greatest trade deadline is fluid with each passing day

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets gestures to his teammates after he hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the score against the Philadelphia Phillies during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on June 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets gestures to his teammates after he hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to tie the score against the Philadelphia Phillies during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on June 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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What do the New York Mets need more than anything else this summer? Just as we all agreed the club would need another starting pitcher, David Peterson has stepped up and pitched well for the club. This may not complete the five-man rotation but it at least gives them a chance to win 80% of the time.

That’s until he does struggle. Or worse, another guy gets hurt.

The Mets are nearing the trade deadline faster than you can say “per source.” With each game, the greatest trade deadline need this team has will continue to change.

The Mets need for a starting pitcher still exists but it’s not so urgent

Losing Joey Lucchesi for the year was a blow but not a death sentence by any stretch. Let’s not forget only a few weeks ago we wanted to drive him back to San Diego. The club is putting together a few different options to round out the rotation in the meantime. Finding a fifth starter improvement shouldn’t be too hard. All it will take is finding a team heading nowhere with an arm they’d rather not pay.

I do think the Mets may surprise us and make a bigger move at the deadline to ensure they don’t have an incomplete rotation heading into the final stretch of the season. So much uncertainty about Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard plus the ever-present danger of an injury to one of the healthy arms could force them to make a move.

The Mets need a big bat and I’m still trying to figure out where they can plug him in. A little help?

The Mets should be fully healthy soon which means the offense should be tearing apart opposing pitchers. I’m not so sure this will be the case. The problem for the Mets hasn’t been a lack of depth. Even when they were mostly at full strength, runs were hard to come by.

I’ve been mulling over a few outside-of-the-box potential ideas for the Mets to find some offense at the trade deadline. Until someone suffers a major injury, I have a difficult time figuring out where the heck they could even insert the stick.

What about the bullpen?

There’s always a need to improve the bullpen ahead of the trade deadline. I don’t care how strong your relievers are. Finding some bullpen arms is a rite of passage for all teams looking to compete.

The Mets have seen a few guys land on the IL in recent weeks which could make it easier to insert an arm. My preference, right now, is to land a Robert Gsellman-type but better. Having a guy who can start in the interim and pitch well in relief at length could be the one move they need to make in order to land two parts to the puzzle in the form of one guy.

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A lot can change between now and the final buzzer of the trade deadline. The greatest need the Mets have is to have the best team possible. What position that is has yet to be determined.

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