3 trade targets for the Mets to start scouting if the Cardinals continue to tank

Apr 29, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery
Apr 29, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery / Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
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Too soon to start pillaging and plundering? The Vikings definitely scouted out Great Britain before they arrived for some sacking. That’s all we’re doing here as we look at the St. Louis Cardinals for a few future trade targets the New York Mets should have in mind.

The Cardinals have been the biggest disappointment of the season thus far. They’re in a division with several teams overachieving. And while they’re far from out of the playoff picture, a slow start out of the gate could come back to haunt them in what has looked like a far more competitive National League Central.

Billy Eppler should already have his eyes set on some future additions to the Mets roster this summer. If the Cardinals tank, it’s these three players we can expect to be most attainable and reasonable enough fits for the Mets.

1) NY Mets trade target on the Cardinals: Jordan Montgomery

We know Jordan Montgomery can handle New York. Although he has barely pitched in the postseason in his career with just 6.2 innings of work spanning a pair of appearances, he comes across tenacious enough to get the job done in October. The same may not be true for some of the other Mets pitchers. More so, are we really certain the Mets will have a fully healthy rotation by the time October arrives?

The Mets will first need to get to the postseason before we can start talking about Montgomery leading the team to victory in the NLCS. With as battered as the starting staff has been already this season, it could take at least one more big addition to the rotation.

Jose Quintana has yet to pitch for the team. Carlos Carrasco is projected to provide the Mets with “god only knows.” Then there’s Kodai Senga who has yet to fully confirm he was the right man to sign.

Montgomery is a free agent after the 2023 season making him a reasonable trade piece to target as long as the Cardinals stay stuck in the mud.