2. Mets trade acquisition Chris Bassitt
Look at Chris Bassitt’s numbers the past two years with the Oakland A’s (17-6, with a 2.90 ERA in 220.1 innings), the team that dealt him to New York in a blockbuster move in March. They are pretty darn good if you ask me. The Mets needed depth more than anything else in their starting rotation after Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, and that was exactly what they sought when checking in on Oakland’s fire sale after the lockout.
This trade that brought Bassitt to Queens and sent J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller out west became meaningful when deGrom went down with his shoulder issue before the season began, and Bassitt has stepped up and given the Mets quality innings. His numbers have gotten even better.
Bassitt currently sports a 2.61 ERA in five starts with the team with 34 strikeouts against eight walks, and an opponents’ batting average of just .193. He’s done his part in formulating a three-man punch atop the rotation with Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill.
He has been deceiving hitters all season with his large arsenal of pitches, with his breaking ball pitches seemingly difficult to hit against.
I’d bet that Bassitt is going to get a lot of money next year when he becomes a free agent, and he is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Mets, and the Mets should do their part to keep this dude around, because he is just that.