Why the Mets should make a trade for David Robertson

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With the All-Star break now behind us, the New York Mets have less than two weeks to make a trade prior to the August 2nd deadline as they continue their quest for the post-season.

As things currently sit, the Amazin's are sitting in first place in the NL East with a 58-35 record, 2.5 games ahead of their rival Atlanta Braves, and as such, they are set to be "buyers" at this season's coming trade deadline.

One of the area's the Mets need the most improvement in is their bullpen. While they do boast an All-Star Closer in Edwin Diaz, the rest of the pen has had some issues with it's consistency, and the team would be wise to address this issue at the deadline, and there is one pitcher in particular they should pursue.

The New York Mets should prioritize targeting David Robertson of the Chicago Cubs for a potential trade.

A familiar name in New York, David Robertson spent 9 seasons play in the Big Apple in 2 different stings with the cross-town Yankees, over which he established himself as one of the top relievers in the game.

Since leaving the Yankees following the 2018 season, Robertson has had a rough few years. After signing with the Phillies in 2019, he injured his elbow in mid-April and had to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it.

Robertson ended up missing the rest of 2019 and the entirety of the 2020 season rehabbing his elbow before finally making it back to the show in September of 2021 with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching in 12 innings over 12 games with a 4.50 ERA.

His performance with Tampa Bay was enough to earn him a one year deal with the Chicago Cubs, whom he has had a career resurgence in, working his way from a gamble to the team's closer and most effective relief pitcher at 37 years old.

For the 2022 season, Robertson has pitched in 37.1 innings over 33 games, over which he has struck out 48 batters and logged a 1.93 ERA while recording 13 saves for Chicago.

The Cubs are currently sitting at 35-57, 4th place in the NL Central and well out of contention this season. Seeing as they will definably be sellers at the deadline and Robertson is on a one year deal, it would be shocking if they didn't trade him away.

The Mets have several prospects they could tempt the Cubs with to acquire his services, and New York is an ideal landing spot for him.

Robertson could easily slot into the bullpen as the primary set up man for Edwin Diaz, and would give New York some much needed stability out of the pen as we head into the final 2 months of the season.

Additionally, he has plenty of experience in the New York market and dealing with the media in the Big Apple, which is always a plus when acquiring another hand during a pennant race.

The finally decision of course comes down to the Mets' General Manager Billy Eppler, but given Robertson's production in 2022, it would be foolish not to make a play for him.

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