The New York Mets need pitching and offense. On the offensive side, the Mets have internal options that can help the team immediately. From the pitching side, however, the options within the organization are drying up fast.
The Mets' team pitching is one of the worst in the league in ERA and ranks in the top five in home runs allowed. Injuries and a lack of rotation and bullpen options make it necessary to look to the trade market where the Chicago White Sox, projected to be out of the competition, may have some targets for the Mets.
1) Trading for Lucas Giolito makes a lot of sense for the Mets
Lucas Giolito is in his final year of arbitration and contract before becoming a free agent this winter. The 28-year-old pitcher was a highly respected pitching prospect with the Washington Nationals before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in the Adam Eaton trade.
Giolito has been a reliable pitcher in his major league career. His arsenal has a good fastball of 93 mph and a slider to which the opposition batted below .160. A key aspect of Giolito's current success is his ability to induce weak contact by limiting the damage from opponents.
This 2023 the young White Sox pitcher is putting up good numbers in a team that is out of competition due to poor performance and multiple injuries. This placed Giolito, in the last year of his contract, in the trade market.
Being a rental, Lucas Giolito becomes a low-cost pitcher but he will be in wide demand. The Mets need reliable arms in an injury-risk rotation. Giolito would be a key piece in a rotation that would be lethal in the fight to reach the postseason and the world series.