Murmurs and rumors about the New York Mets won’t take off fully until at least November. However, there are always those Mets trade rumors of what never was to look back and reflect on at this point of this season.
According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, there was a J.D. Davis trade that we should file into the “what if” category.
You surely understand the ramifications from a Mets point of view. Davis was missing for most of 2021 and even when he was healthy, lost a lot of playing time. What you may not have realized is just how brilliant Lance Lynn has been in 2021.
Mets trade rumors like these can cause a bit of heartbreak
An All-Star in 2021 for the Chicago White Sox, Lynn was traded on December 8, 2020, from the Texas Rangers for Avery Weems and Dane Dunning. It was a trade that proved effective for the White Sox. Lynn is about to cap off a career year on the Southside where I suspect he will, for the third straight season, finish in the top ten of the Cy Young vote.
Missing out on trades like this is nothing new for any team. With no assurance it would have even happened, we can only look back and dream.
However, in this case, there are a few other points to make. The addition of Lynn to the 2021 Mets would have meant the club would have either not acquired Carlos Carrasco in the Francisco Lindor deal or they may have possibly foregone signing Taijuan Walker.
Either way, it’s hard to compare what Lynn has done all 2021-year-long to the full output of each of the pitchers they did land.
Now a season later, it’s hard to picture any Mets trade rumors where Davis could come close to having the same value as a guy like Lynn. Outside of his rocky 2018 campaign split with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Lynn has been a sub-4.00 ERA guy. He seemed to blossom late in his career with three straight excellent seasons under his belt.
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Meanwhile, Davis is coming off of an injury-prone campaign where any Mets trade rumors with his name as the focus will feel underwhelming. The Mets would be lucky enough to get my Aunt Lynn in return.