Should the Mets be involved in the Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes?

Jun 4, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54)
Jun 4, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets currently have plenty of holes they will need to address if they look to make a legitimate postseason run this fall. With the number of expectations that have been put on this team in terms of their payroll and caliber of players on the roster, it's been made very clear it's World Series or bust for this team.

One area of concern that I believe they are going to need to shore up if they intend on being contenders during August and September is getting fresh arms for the bullpen. The Mets bullpen has been completely overworked through the first two months of the season, largely in part due to their starting pitchers' ineffectiveness to go deep in games to this point,

While David Robertson has been better than advertised since stepping in for an injured Edwin Diaz, the Mets could certainly use another late-inning option with Adam Ottavino's struggles. One name that's been publicly made to be available is Kansas City Royals reliever, Aroldis Chapman.

If the Mets expect to be legitimate contenders, they will need to look at all possible bullpen upgrades

The 35-year-old Chapman is having himself a bounce-back season after a sour departure from the New York Yankees this past offseason. Many people around baseball didn't believe there was much juice left in Chapman's arm, but after signing a one-year deal with the Royals this winter, he seems to have cleaned up his mechanics and his fastball is routinely hitting triple digits again like the Aroldis Chapman we had seen dominate for years.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Royals have told teams that if anybody is interested in trading for Chapman there are two potential ways to make a deal happen. The team interested in acquiring Chapman would either have to pair Chapman with another Royals player to help the Royals shed payroll, or a team would have to trade for him straight up as soon as possible to have him for a longer timeframe this season, thus giving the Royals leverage to receive a better prospect in return.

Ken Rosenthal believes another Royals reliever in Scott Barlow would make sense in a potential package deal with Chapman at this year's Trade Deadline. All of this could also just be smoke signals as the Royals try to dig their heels in the market as the first potential sellers on the trade block.

As it stands right now the Mets should definitely inquire on what it would take to acquire the 7-time All-Star reliever, especially with no certainty of Edwin Diaz returning this season. The Mets need all of the bullpen help they can get right now, especially as they look to keep their heads above water in the NL East and the playoff picture.

This is a team that has a window to win a World Series within the next 2-3 seasons and if they have an opportunity to make an upgrade anywhere on the roster right now they have to explore what the cost could be. As of right now, there are no significant bullpen reinforcements they can turn to internally to help keep this pitching staff afloat.