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3 relief pitcher trades to replace Drew Smith's roster spot

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2) NY Mets trade target to replace Drew Smith on the roster: Michael Fulmer

Another reliever who will likely be traded before the deadline is former Met farmhand Michael Fulmer. When the Mets made their push for the NL pennant in 2015, Fulmer was the key piece in the trade that landed the Mets Yoenis Cespedes. Going full circle with Fulmer could be something special.

After struggling the last couple of years as a starter, Fulmer made the transition to the bullpen in 2021. It's been smooth sailing from there, and he's enjoying his best campaign as a reliever this season.

He's gone 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 39 appearances for the Tigers this season. Fulmer has been the primary set up man for closer Gregory Soto and has flourished in that role, with 17 holds and just three blown saves.

Fulmer has dominated against righties, holding them to a .122/.232/.134 slash line with just one extra base hit (a double) allowed in 95 plate appearances. Fulmer has struggled against lefties as they've posted an .837 OPS against him, but he'd succeed in the role Smith was used in.

Fulmer excels at limiting hard contact, ranking in the 99th percentile in barrel rate according to baseball savant. He might not be the hard thrower he used to be, but he's found success in his new niche.

Like Robertson, Fulmer is a free agent after this season so his price tag won't be too crazy. He'd be an upgrade over Drew Smith at this moment and would provide a big boost for the Mets 'pen.

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