3 White Sox players the Mets should already start scouting for a trade
3) Reynaldo Lopez could be an arm that would help out in the Mets bullpen at relatively little cost
Reynaldo Lopez has been filling the closer role for the Chicago White Sox in the absence of Liam Hendriks. Lopez hasn't been effective this year in high-leverage situations.
Lopez was another pitcher included in the Adam Eaton trade along with Lucas Giolito. In his career with the White Sox, he has been very effective but, going into the final year of his contract, Lopez has not worked to consolidate his value.
Reynaldo's main problem has been his lack of control and allowed hard-hit contact. These two aspects have significantly hurt his performance and his ERA.
However, Lopez ranked in the top 10% of the league in K% which speaks well of his ability to dominate hitters. This is because their slider has been elite this year with an ability to generate swing and misses above 50%.
Reynaldo Lopez has a lot of potential in his arsenal. With a bullpen featuring options like David Robertson, Adam Ottavino and Drew Smith, an arm like Lopez's could lighten the load on the rest of the bullpen while further consolidating the Mets' relief staff.
In the last year of his contract and with his current performance, Lopez's cost would be relatively low, being a very upside target for the Mets. We cannot forget that in 2022, Reynaldo Lopez put up good numbers with an ERA of 2.72 and a wOBA of .245, ranked in the top 7% of the league.