3) Freddy Peralta
If Milwaukee is truly making everyone available like Rosenthal says, that means even a guy like Freddy Peralta who is under contract through the 2026 season could be had. He'd be harder to get just for that simple fact, but his contract makes him too interesting to not pursue. The right-hander is set to make $5.7 million in 2024, and has club options for 2025 and 2026 at just $8 million. An absolute bargain.
Health has been a concern for Peralta throughout his career, but he was able to stay healthy for Milwaukee this past season and had a fine year, posting a 3.86 ERA in 30 starts and 165.2 innings pitched. He's a premier strikeout pitcher as evidenced by his 210 punchouts this past season, and his 7.9% walk rate suggests he does a fine job limiting free passes.
He isn't the ace Burnes is, but the Mets do have Kodai Senga. When right, Peralta is a quality mid-rotation arm with frontline upside. Adding the 27-year-old via trade would ensure the Mets don't overpay an older starter in a long deal in free agency to pitch at or below the same level Peralta would.
Obviously it'd cost more in prospect capital, but the Mets added a ton of guys at the deadline. The deal has to make sense, but with the Brewers potentially looking to rebuild he's an obvious target.