2) The Mets can be creative and get Daniel Bard from the Colorado Rockies without sacrificing much
One of the ways we've seen this front office operate is to buy bad contracts in order to get help from controllable players beyond this season. In this sense, an opportunity opens with the Colorado Rockies for the services of Daniel Bard.
Daniel Bard has been an efficient and dominant pitcher in the worst pitching environment in all of baseball. In the last two years he has managed to maintain an ERA below 2.00 thanks to limiting the hard hit contact allowed by relying on his sinker.
Bard owns a guaranteed $9.5 million contract for this season and next. For this value and his performance Bard could have a high cost in terms of prospects.
The Mets could go either way if they want to acquire the services of this reliever, trade in a controllable MLB ready player plus cash or take on a bad contract from the Rockies. In this sense, due to the financial capacity of Steve Cohen, the Mets could assume the remainder of this season's $15 million from Germán Márquez (Tommy John Surgery) and the $2 million buyout of the 2024 season.
With this move, the Mets could acquire a veteran reliever with high potential and a good track record. Bard could assume the role of closer this season if the Mets trade David Robertson and be the setup for Edwin Diaz in 2024.