3) NY Mets win the trade deadline by loading up with bullpen arms we can trust
Edwin Diaz might be the only relief pitcher the average Mets fan trusts. Colin Holderman was getting there but you know what happened there.
Even with Trevor May on the mend, he’s not exactly completely trustworthy. The Mets need to go hunting for a relief pitcher. If they only have space for one, it needs to be a guy Buck Showalter can count on a ton.
David Robertson’s name is often mentioned as a desirable trade chip by Mets fans. Definitely a guy to take on a late-inning role for them, Eppler would also probably need to add a lefty as well.
Among those options, Andrew Chafin or All-Star Joe Mantiply might be the most enticing. Even a guy like Matt Moore, who has reinvented himself with the Texas Rangers this year in their bullpen, could be good enough.
The names only matter in theory. It’s the results that will truly prove whether or not the Mets won the trade deadline. It begins by making smart moves in the one place that can be hardest to build: the relief corps.
In some cases, getting the hottest relievers is key to winning the whole season. Where can we find this year’s Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed? The Mets could use arms like those in 2022.