3) Best NY Mets trade candidate: Brooks Raley
A lot of teams will want Brooks Raley. Even the Tampa Bay Rays would probably take him back. The lefty reliever is off to a nice start with the Mets and with a player option for next season, likely on track to become a free agent.
Narrowing down the possibilities for Raley is much more difficult because how many bullpens couldn’t use another lefty reliever? One pitching staff beaten down this year who’d welcome Raley with open arms is one already mentioned in passing: the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Starting pitching might be a bigger priority for the Dodgers thanks mostly to the poor health of their staff. However, the bullpen hasn’t been so sharp either. Caleb Ferguson is their lone reliable lefty. Raley could be their second.
This year’s Dodgers roster doesn’t have the same forceful nature it usually does. The lineup does hit for power. Freddie Freeman and Mookie Betts are right there in the MVP race.
It’s the other side of the ball where they’ve struggled most. The Dodgers won’t do a thing unless they improve their pitching staff. Raley is just one of those targets for them to consider. They’ll get a close look at him this weekend when they visit Citi Field to take on the Mets.