The Mets should look to trade with the St Louis Cardinals, who have had a horrible start to 2023
While the Mets have severely underperformed in 2023, possibly no team has done so on the level of the Cardinals. Sitting at 15 games under .500, it might be time for St. Louis to jump ship and get as many assets as possible at the deadline.
The Cardinals will be fielding lots of calls on a number of their veterans this month. One of the more popular options will be Jordan Montgomery, a left handed starting pitcher with a 3.28 ERA. He has been a reliable starter for the past couple of seasons, and the Mets could use his help given the uncertain status of Jose Quintana.
Another option in the bullpen would be Jordan Hicks, who dominated the Mets in their series earlier in June. Hicks is set to be a free agent next season, and has remarkably turned his season around in the past month. With a fastball regularly touching 100 mph, he would make perfect bullpen addition and the setup man for David Robertson the Mets have been looking for.
Of course, these players will not be as cheap to acquire since the Cardinals will likely have several suitors bumping up the price. Regardless, the Mets need to kick the tires with St. Louis to see just how much it would cost to give a serious boost to their pitching staff for the 2nd half of the season.