The MLB trade deadline provides three different options for clubs. They can be buyers, sellers, or find themselves caught in between the two. The New York Mets are very much into buy mode. They have a chance to be Vikings this summer and raid other teams for trade assets.
These three teams might be able to provide the Mets with the most help with two or more viable trade candidates on each roster.
1) NY Mets can raid the Tigers by trading for 2 of their bullpen pieces
There are two specific relief pitchers the Mets should look at on the Detroit Tigers. One is Michael Fulmer. The other is Andrew Chafin. While the Tigers have a few other guys playing well this year, they might not be as available. It’s the upcoming free agents and players on bigger contracts we should be looking at on this club.
A Fulmer reunion with the Mets could give them another right-handed option in the bullpen with some closer experience. Better used in the seventh or eighth inning, he could turn out to be an improvement over Drew Smith whose struggles of late have some Mets fans questioning what’s next for the once productive reliever. It could be a little difficult to find a spot for him in the bullpen unless the team did demote Drew Smith or possibly even Seth Lugo. A lot would depending on how many lefties they plan to carry.
On the subject of lefties, Chafin would be a major improvement. He’d essentially turn out to be a replacement for Chasen Shreve and possibly even Joely Rodriguez whose time with the club could be over soon. Billy Eppler may need to admit Rodriguez was not the man for the job. Unfortunately, this means designating him for assignment to clear the roster spot.