2) NY Mets 'scary possibility' trade candidate teams should fear: Logan Gilbert
The Seattle Mariners are looking to make the postseason for a second straight year and if they do, it'll be thanks to their starting pitching. Luis Castillo, George Kirby, Logan Gilbert, Bryan Woo, and Bryce Miller make up one of the best rotations in baseball. This is not even including former Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray, or talented arms like Emerson Hancock, Marco Gonzales, or Easton McGee who are all on the IL.
The Mariners have studs up and down the rotation and depth as strong as any other team. While that's all great, the lineup leaves a lot to be desired. Julio Rodriguez is a superstar, but there're a whole lot of question marks around him. With Teoscar Hernandez hitting free agency this offseason, the future of this lineup is even harder to picture.
With the Mariners needing offense, they were at the very least listening to offers for their starting pitching at the trade deadline. No trade was made, but Seattle was open to it. They could re-examine trade possibilities this offseason, and the Mets should ask about Logan Gilbert if they do.
Seattle won't be trading Castillo or Kirby, but Gilbert, feels a lot more realistic. He has a 3.73 ERA in 32 starts and 190.2 innings of work this season and would fit in beautifully behind Senga in this Mets rotation.
Gilbert isn't as good as Burnes or Soto but he's under team control through the 2027 season and is one of the game's better young arms. He's just 26 years old and has already established himself as a workhorse. Gilbert has good stuff, doesn't walk anybody, and gets deep into games. There isn't much to not like here. Trading from the bevy of position player prospects or even guys like Brett Baty or Mark Vientos to land Gilbert shouldn't be out of the question.