Braves: SP Charlie Morton
While 3 of the Mets starting pitchers are ranked in the top 15 lowest ERAs in the MLB, the rotation does currently have a few holes with it, and making a trade appears to be the best way to address them.
As stated previously, Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco have yet to appear in 2021 while they recover from injuries, while LHP David Peterson has struggled in the rotation and Joey Lucchesi was recently ruled out for the year needing Tommy John Surgery.
Syndergaard and Carrasco aren’t expected to be rejoining the team any time soon, it would behoove New York to make a trade for a starting pitcher sooner rather than later, and the Braves’ Charlie Morton is a prime candidate to be moved.
At 37 years old, Morton is having a fine season, posting a 3.74 ERA over 86.2 innings while striking out 100 batters in 16 starts, good enough for a 7-3 record with Atlanta.
The Mets have gotten a good look at what Morton can do over the 2021 season, as they’ve faced him 3 times so far this year, logging a total of 19 innings, giving up only 4 runs while striking out 26 batters.
Despite his age, Morton has shown that he can still be a trusted hand on the mound, and given the face the Mets’ rotation is currently using unproven rookies and journeymen to help fill it out, he would be a welcome addition to the team.
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Morton would bring some welcome stability to the Mets’ starting rotation, and as he is one a one year deal, he wouldn’t be a big salary commitment at all. If the Braves end up being “sellers”, then this would be a trade the Mets would be smart to act on.