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NY Mets Monday Morning GM: To hold or trade Tylor Megill this winter

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Tylor Megill #38 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Tylor Megill #38 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 18, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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There have not been many bright spots for the 2021 New York Mets. Offensively, it seems if a player is not hurt, they are having the worst year of their career at the plate. Meanwhile, the pitching staff has had their injuries and bumps in the road after a fantastic start.

Yet, through all of this, Tylor Megill has been one of the few bright spots for the team.

The rookie seemingly came out of nowhere to become one of their few remaining regulars. The 26-year-old has made his mark on the fan base too, which for young players is not an easy task.

So, why was Tylor Megill viewed as a trade chip in the first place?

Looking back on the trade deadline, the Mets were always bound to make some sort of splash. In the end, it came with Javier Baez and Trevor Williams coming to Queens for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Leading up to the deadline, Megill’s name came up in trade predictions. His sudden rise brought attention to the idea of capitalizing on his value while it’s high. After all, it is not every day a 26-year-old comes to the majors and performs like a high-end starter.

This off-season, the Mets are in no position not to entertain calls on everyone. If owner Steve Cohen wants to contend, the team may need some major changes. And dealing a red hot Megill based on small sample size for a proven veteran could be a necessary move.

Nevertheless, at the trade deadline, Megill was not dealt. And thank goodness, because his value to the Mets is much higher than to a trade package.

Tylor Megill is a very good starting pitcher

This season, the Mets starting pitching has been a mess. Jacob deGrom (when healthy), Marcus Stroman, and Taijuan Walker have been great. But from the moment the season began, the remaining two slots were going to be an issue.

Megill solved that issue, albeit he never pitched alongside those guys at the same time long.

As a rookie, Tylor Megill has made 11 starts for the Mets, to the tune of a 3.21 earned run average. Averaging 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a WHIP lower than the All-Star Walker, he has done more than the Mets can have ever asked for.

Mets starting rotation in 2022

Currently, there are three definitive locks in the starting rotation – deGrom, Walker, and Carlos Carrasco. If healthy, competing for the final two spots will be David Peterson and Joey Lucchesi, as well as Trevor Williams. And who knows what the Mets do during free agency, or if they retain Stroman or Noah Syndergaard.

Either way, there are moves to be made with the starting rotation. And there is no reason why the Mets should not factor Megill into the equation.

Megill has performed well enough to make the 2021 Mets rotation big three into a fantastic four. Yes, he may eventually come down to earth, but for now, he has shown all the traits to be the Mets next great pitcher.

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And they cannot simply trade that away.

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