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.