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7) NY Mets trade target Tyler Mahle

The first of three Cincinnati Reds pitchers to make this list, Tyler Mahle is the least high-profile of them. He has actually been around the league for parts of five seasons now. His performance in three, including the shortened 2020 campaign, was solid enough to catch my eye.

Mahle’s first full year of success came last season when he was 13-6 with a 3.75 ERA. He was tied for the league lead in games pitched with 33. Logging 180 innings and 210 strikeouts should put him on the radar of any team looking for a younger arm to add via trade.

We all know the Reds are open to trading a starting pitcher. Mahle, who turned 27 in September, has two years of control left. He should definitely be a guy the Mets look at as an option to replenish their rotation and possibly at a lesser cost than some other players out there. More on them shortly.

Mahle’s name hasn’t actually appeared in too many trade discussions with the Mets or any other team. It could be because compared to some of his teammates, the same juice isn’t there.

Only a phone call away to inquire about, I’d be curious to see how much the Mets would need to give up to land an arm like his. On the younger side, Mahle is a little bit of a lottery ticket but one that showed last year he can eat up innings.

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