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11 Mets starting pitcher trade candidates ranked from the bottom to the top

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10) NY Mets trade target Kyle Freeland

Kyle Freeland isn’t a very exciting pitcher and if you want to move him down this list I can’t blame you. One of those arms on the Colorado Rockies we can question because of the ballpark he plays in, Freeland has been on a bit of a rollercoaster in his career with the last two seasons actually resulting in a 4.33 ERA campaign.

Back in 2018, Freeland was 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA for the Rockies. It was fantastic for a sophomore dealing with the elements. He was the fourth-place finisher in the Cy Young race.

Only a season later, Freeland went 3-11 with a 6.73 ERA in 22 starts. Did opposing teams figure him out? Did Coors Field decide to start being unkind? Were the juiced baseballs really that much of a factor? It’s probably a combination of all three.

The owner of a lifetime 4.20 ERA as a Rockies pitcher indicates Freeland may look a lot better with another organization. The Mets offer the pitcher-friendly confines of Citi Field to do this. At 28 with two years of control left and a left-handed arm that throws the ball, I can see why he could fit in with the Mets.

However, we then ask ourselves the big question: does he automatically make the Mets better right now?

I think he would be an improvement over Tylor Megill or David Peterson. But compared to so many other arms out there, he might not be worth it. Hand him to the Mets for free and it’s a no-brainer. The Rockies probably won’t be so nice.

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