Jacob deGrom has landed on the 10-day IL with forearm tightness. It’s the worst nightmare New York Mets fans could have experienced. Without him for an extended period of time, the club’s chances at maintaining their lead atop to the National League East feels a whole lot tougher.
Fortunately, this is the time of year when trades happen. The Mets were already in the market for a starting pitcher to slot in at number four or five. Now, they may need someone a little better to hold carry the old during deGrom’s absence from the diamond.
These three pitchers, whether rumored to be available or not, are currently on teams already selling or expected to do so. A combination of rentals and long-term pieces, these starting pitchers are worth looking into.
Kyle Gibson is the All-Star pitcher the Mets could use
There’s a lot to like about Kyle Gibson. He doesn’t burden the payroll whatsoever and he won’t cost nearly as much as some other starting pitchers currently on the trade block. In the middle of an All-Star campaign, he has emerged as the starting pitcher trade candidate every club near the luxury tax should consider.
He might not be the ace we would like to see the Mets acquire. However, I am absolutely in love with the idea of swinging a trade for a guy pitching out of his mind. Right now, this is Gibson.
Signed for next year as well, the addition of Gibson could help the Mets start to build their rotation for 2022. We all know about the uncertainty with the futures of Marcus Stroman and Noah Syndergaard. Gibson could at least give them one more arm in the near future.
I do suspect the Texas Rangers try to weasel a little more out of this trade than they probably deserve. Still, Gibson should be an affordable acquisition for the Mets to survive the absence of deGrom.