4) NY Mets trade block needs to have Adam Ottavino on it
Curiously, the Mets held onto Adam Ottavino who has a player option for next season. Was the market that small for the veteran righty? There’s a chance that with his age he’d prefer to walk away and take less money to pitch for a contender. If so, the Mets made a mistake of not dealing him away last week.
A conversation needed to happen between the Mets and Ottavino about this. He re-signed with them in the offseason so he must not hate it here. As a New Yorker, the location has some meaning already.
The more pondering about Ottavino’s continued stay on the Mets roster you make, the more it’s worth questioning why he’s remaining. In fairness, he might not get another one-year deal worth the $7.25 million he’s signed for next season. He has been good but not excellent. Another year of taxation on his arm takes away some of the appeal. His 2022 season justified the current contract. What he has done in 2023 doesn’t.
Prediction: Ottavino opts out of his deal and it’s a moot point to trade him. There might not be too many years left for him in the big leagues. Despite having 18 playoff appearances, Ottavino has never made it to the World Series let alone won it.
He did recently discuss his intentions of returning next season. Things could change. And even if he does opt into the deal, trade shouldn't be off the table for the Mets.