5 Mets starting pitcher trade candidates to revisit at the 2022 trade deadline

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Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle (30) delivers during a spring training game against the Oakland / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

Tyler Mahle is the other Reds pitcher the Mets can revisit this summer

He’s “that other guy” on the Reds for the Mets to look at in the future. Younger than Castillo and possibly headed toward a better season in 2022, Tyler Mahle has put together two straight solid seasons with the Reds. His free agency just as close as Castillo’s, the Reds are going to need to decide at some point if they’re pushing the chips into the center of the table or trying to capitalize on all of these wonderful trade pieces.

Mahle could actually turn out to be a far more valuable piece to acquire. He won’t turn 28 until late September which makes him a guy to add then talk about a possible extension.

Before the Mets go selling the farm for anyone, they need to see what these guys can do in 2022. Mahle, perhaps more than anyone else on this list, will need to do a little more to prove himself.

At 26-31 with a 4.34 ERA in his career, there’s a lot more proving needed in order for any team to pay big prospects to acquire this youngish arm. I expect a full-fledged fire sale from Cincinnati this July. Along with Castillo, Mahle is a name to revisit. It could give the Mets an immediate replacement for Bassitt if he leaves in free agency.