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NY Mets: 3 moves for a perfect trade deadline this month

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 05: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring a run during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on July 05, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Brewers 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 05: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates after scoring a run during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on July 05, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Brewers 4-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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May 21, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) takes the mound against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets could use a number three starter to become their number four guy

You’ve heard it all year long: who is going to pitch the next game for the Mets? Injuries to the starting rotation have been plentiful. We haven’t seen Noah Syndergaard or Carlos Carrasco throw a major league pitch for them yet this year. Both have suffered setbacks with only Carrasco anywhere near a return.

The Mets are working with a dominant yet light rotation at the moment. Adding at the trade deadline could secure things and lock up what is shaping up to be one of the greater seasons in club history as far as starting pitching is concerned.

What I would like to see is a number three guy (or better) brought in to be the fourth starter in the rotation. This is always a sign of a great starting five—guys slotted in below where they could be. I know it’s a little arbitrary because number ones don’t always face off against other team’s aces. Just stick with him on this.

I don’t want the Mets wasting their time on guys who have pitched as a number four or five starter this season. They need to do better. Even if Carrasco and Syndergaard are back, who can guarantee they—or someone else—doesn’t go down with an injury?

It doesn’t need to be anyone spectacular. A rental having an awesome year is all the club needs. All-Star Kyle Gibson would be a nice fit and unlikely to go against the Mets’ strategy of keeping the farm system together.

The move: Trade for Kyle Gibson or Jon Gray

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