4) Trade for Devin Williams
Devin Williams is another one of those Brewers players that Stearns should be itching to reunite with. A free agent after the 2025 season, he’d be an offseason rental target for the Mets to pursue. Stearns already showed the Brewers will do business with him, acquiring Adrian Houser and Tyrone Taylor in a much less splashy trade than any involving Williams would be.
For a couple of seasons, Williams was the unquestioned best setup man in baseball. He finally transitioned into a closer role upon the departure of Josh Hader. He has been just as good ever since.
With Williams, he’d obviously go back to being a setup man with the Mets. While Edwin Diaz is here, it’s his job to close out the majority of games. Williams would be the best possible backup and the elite setup man we know we want handling the eighth inning.
Because this is a trade scenario, the Mets wouldn’t have to make Williams any promises of actually closing games. And with Diaz having an opt-out in his contract after the 2025 season, they’d have an already built-in backup plan for the ninth inning. They’d just have to make sure they don’t lose both of the relievers at the same time.