With the trade deadline in its final stages, the New York Mets still have work to do. They need another bat to compliment Daniel Vogelbach at DH. They could also use an upgrade at catcher. But the most important thing the Mets have to do is sure up their bullpen.
Edwin Diaz has been the best closer in baseball this year, doing historic things. Adam Ottavino has been rock solid as a set-up guy for Diaz. Other than that, the bullpen has been filled with injuries and inconsistencies.
A trade with the Cubs has seemed inevitable as the sides worked together last season in the Javier Baez trade, and the Cubs having multiple pieces the Mets should be interested in. One of them is Willson Contreras, the other is David Robertson who I believe should be the top target for the Mets at the deadline.
A best and final trade offer from the Mets to the Cubs for David Robertson.
Robertson is 37 and is enjoying a very nice comeback season after some bumps in the road the last couple of seasons. He's flourished as the closer on the north side and is surely going to be dealt with the Cubs out of contention. Robertson can serve as the primary eighth-inning guy for the Mets, much like what he did for the Yankees and Mariano Rivera back in the day.
Robertson's older age and the fact that the Cubs are almost certainly going to deal him lowers his price. The fact that Robertson would be a rental lowers the price even more. However, as probably the best reliever available, the Mets would still have to give something up to acquire him as they will have plenty of competition.
The Cubs would be acquiring Dom Smith, a guy who I've lost confidence in completely, but for some reason they haven't as they've expressed interest in him. Realistically, he is a guy who can potentially find his good form again after being one of the best hitters in the NL in 2020 but a shell of himself ever since. It's a good low risk high reward get for them as Smith has another two seasons of team control after this one and the Cubs are going nowhere anytime soon anyway.
The second piece Chicago would be receiving is the Mets ninth ranked prospect according to mlb.com, Dominic Hamel. The right hander is a 23-year old in High A ball right now. He's a promising arm who can maybe crack the Cubs rotation in a couple of years.
The Cubs aren't going to get a high end prospect for a 37-year old reliever. The best prospect the Brewers got for Josh Hader was ranked seventh in the Padres system. The Cubs get two guys who can maybe develop into something for a guy they weren't going to keep anyway.
This is the best offer that the Cubs are going to get from the Mets for Robertson. It's up to them whether they want to take it or leave it.