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NY Mets: 3 trade deadline misses worth chasing this winter in free agency

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 18: A detailed view of the Stance Socks and Under Armour Cleats worn by Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 18: A detailed view of the Stance Socks and Under Armour Cleats worn by Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on July 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Jul 30, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) follows through on a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Jon Gray could be in the price range of what the Mets want

I like Jon Gray as a pitcher and think a change of scenery from Coors Field could drastically turn him from average into something more. Anyone who has witnessed a single baseball game taking place in Denver knows how far the ball can fly. Despite this disadvantage, Gray has put together a successful career and may even be headed toward some personal bests this season.

Don’t get me wrong; Gray is not the kind of elite-level pitcher that will move the Mets forward. He’s probably best-suited as a fourth starter on this club with a chance to move even higher. I’m really curious to see what kind of offers he ends up getting in free agency because of how wonky pitcher numbers can be when they pitch in Colorado half of the time.

We know the Mets will at least have Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker, and Carlos Carrasco under contract for next year. Everyone else is a question mark either because of free agency or minor league options that could help them develop further. David Peterson and Tylor Megill are examples of this.

The Mets definitely do need to add at least one starter this winter. Is Gray the man for it? Likely affordable and with a pretty good home run rate even for a Colorado Rockies pitcher, the Mets’ front office could potentially view him as an arm to overpay for.

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