If Max Scherzer is willing to waive his no-trade clause, these 3 teams need to call the Mets

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2) NY Mets rumors: The Diamondbacks are a starting pitcher short in the rotation

After Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly, there isn’t much to like about the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation. They’ve inexplicably become one of the better teams in the National League. It was easy to see from last year’s performance how they could trend upward, but are they really this good?

A deathblow to the rest of the National League West could be the coming-home party for Scherzer. Before landing with the Detroit Tigers and making a name for himself, Mad Max was a member of the Diamondbacks. Returning to Arizona in a trade is definitely something the D’Backs should have in mind.

The Diamondbacks would be a good team for the Mets to become trade partners with because of their good mix of young prospects and controllable young position players. Younger arms such as Ryne Nelson, Tommy Henry, or Drey Jameson could be assets for the Mets. They wouldn’t be trading Scherzer to blow it all up. Dealing Scherzer is a reset button.

The Diamondbacks could be a match for a few more of the possible Mets trade targets. Tommy Pham would be a solid pickup to join their outfield mix and maybe even take over a more regular role there and the DH spot. Adding Scherzer would feel like a little bit of history repeated the same way the Diamondbacks went out and added Curt Schilling. They didn’t win it all immediately but it turned out to be the right move.

This staff's 4.66 ERA is 22nd in MLB.