With the New York Mets continuing to sit in the thick of the playoff race in the National League, many are beginning to wonder what kind of reinforcements Billy Eppler and Steve Cohen will bring in at the trade deadline.
While there are several teams who will be selling off at the Trade Deadline in order to get younger, one of the most clear-cut sellers is the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds got off to a historically bad start this season, and have several veterans who will be involved in trade discussions at the Deadline, each of whom the Mets should inquire about.
NY Mets Trade Target: Tyler Mahle
It's no secret that the Mets could use some help in their starting rotation. The group has been one of the team's biggest strengths this year, but as has been the case for years with the Mets, the team has struggled to keep this group healthy. Thus far, Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill are all hurt, and the team has already seen Taijuan Walker get hurt and return.
While the team has some depth internally, they could use some more reinforcements in case more injuries arise or the timetables of their current injuries get worse. One player who the Mets have been oft-linked to has been Tyler Mahle of the Reds.
Mahle had a career year last season with the Reds, registering a 3.75 ERA with 210 strikeouts in 180 innings and 33 starts, according to Baseball Reference. The 27-year old has not seen the same success this year, as he has struggled at times, but has shown flashes of being the same pitcher the Reds had last season.
What type of return he brings back for the Reds remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, he will be a popular name in trade talks. Many teams could use starting pitching help, the Mets included, and the more teams that are interested, the higher his price will be.