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NY Mets top trade candidates at the start of the offseason

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 10: A detailed view of the Franklin batting gloves worn by Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets prior to a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 10, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 10: A detailed view of the Franklin batting gloves worn by Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets prior to a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 10, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Jun 19, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson (23) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

3) NY Mets trade candidate David Peterson

A lot of what was said about Megill could be said about another pitcher we saw take the mound this year, David Peterson. The difference is Peterson has the 2020 season on his resume as a favorable year. Also a bit older than many “young” pitchers, Peterson’s future with the Mets is somewhat questionable.

Peterson came into spring riding high off of a successful stint with the club in the shortened 2020 campaign. Unfortunately, an injury cut his season short and he wasn’t able to redeem himself after a poor start. The team essentially has to start all over with him again.

Having Peterson in next year’s Opening Day rotation doesn’t feel like an improvement. While not someone we should dismiss entirely, he should be an intriguing trade piece for the Mets to shop around to add better players.

Peterson’s trade value works in the Mets’ favor because of the pre-arbitration status he is in. A team looking for a cheap starting pitcher would be willing to take a chance on him. He is a first-round pick after all and for several seasons was one of the more highly-regarded Mets pitching prospects.

Lefties are always a sought-after commodity on the trade market. If interested, shopping Peterson around to the other 29 teams could be in the winter plans.

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