8) NY Mets free agent targets to pursue: Tyler Anderson
Tyler Anderson was a potential target for the Mets to acquire during the 2021 trade deadline. His name appeared in some rumors that offseason as well.
Anderson ended up being traded to the Mariners at the 2021 deadline and signing with the Dodgers in free agency on a one-year prove-it deal. As many pitchers seem to do with the Dodgers, Anderson had a career year.
He went 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances (28 starts). Anderson allowed just 14 home runs in 178.2 innings pitched (0.7 HR/9) while walking 1.7 batters per nine.
Anderson only struck out 7.0 batters per nine but his game has never been reliant on strikeouts. Anderson thrives on limiting hard contact. He ranked in the 98th percentile in average exit velocity and in hard-hit rate. He was also in the 91st percentile with a 4.8 walk rate according to baseball savant.
Anderson allowed three earned runs or fewer in all but four of his starts. He went five or more innings in all but two of his starts.
Will Anderson be the all-star pitcher he was this season in the future? Maybe not. But he at the very least should be able to eat innings for the Mets and give them a chance to win every fifth day. The 32 year old should be able to cash in nicely after his career year and the Mets are a team that should be in the running for his services.