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5 lefty relievers the Mets should target in trades

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4) NY Mets left-handed trade target Tanner Scott

The number one spot in Michael Cahill’s Mets trade target power rankings last week, Tanner Scott is a left-handed reliever for the Miami Marlins closing out games for them regularly. Even if the history of success isn’t there, he might be a major upgrade over what Shreve was and what Rodriguez will continue to be.

Overall season numbers for him include a 4-3 record, 4.15 ERA, 11 saves, and 13.5 strikeouts per nine. He is walking a lot of batters with 5.5 per nine already this season. The Miami closer has held lefties to only a .135 batting average so perhaps he is bound to get better in a more traditional role for a southpaw reliever.

Making trades within the division can be difficult. The Marlins, however, might be willing at the right price. Let’s not forget the Mets were already able to add AJ Ramos, Kelly Johnson, and others in trade deadline deals within the division. They also willing sent Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Bautista to the Philadelphia Phillies for practically nothing.

Scott wouldn’t be a closer in New York or even a guy to really consider for the role. However, it’s not out of the question for him to be the top lefty setup man on the roster.

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