Mets acquire Chris Bassitt
The big move the Mets made following the lockout was acquiring Chris Bassitt from the Athletics in exchange for pitching prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller.
Chris Bassitt is one of the more underrated pitchers in the game. He doesn't have the 100 mph fastball Jacob deGrom has, but he's been a very effective pitcher for a while now.
Bassitt went 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 27 starts. He posted a 9.1 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 0.9 HR/9 as well. He did a very good job putting hitters away while not giving up many home runs or free passes.
Bassitt is a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation arm with a lot of upside. He averaged 5.8 innings per start, something that will come in handy after seemingly nobody other than Marcus Stroman could get past the fifth inning in the second half last season.
The Mets gave up two prospects who I don't envision being as good as Bassitt is right now. When a team is trying to win right now, prospects are expendable. Ginn was one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, and it's unfortunate that they traded him, but to get a guy who will help the Mets right now seems worth it to me. Especially when I don't envision him being anything more than a third or fourth starter in a rotation.
Adam Oller had a very good season and was a great pickup by the Mets in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, but he too was an expendable piece. Oller is already 27 and has no big-league experience. He probably wouldn't have pitched on the big league team this season, so they risk his value diminishing if he doesn't replicate last season.
Overall, the Mets got an established starter for not too much. The losses seem worse on paper because the Mets' farm system is not very deep. The only downside is Bassitt only has one year remaining on his contract, but with Steve Cohen's wallet, I believe they will re-sign him or extend him if he performs well.