3) NY Mets will need a pitcher with options
Who says pitchers with talent and options aren’t available at the trade deadline? Maybe not you. The Mets could really use more pitching depth to an already depleted roster that has had to turn to Denyi Reyes for some help.
Although the trade wasn’t centered around him, the 2021 trade with the Chicago Cubs that landed the Mets a guy named Trevor Williams turned out to be an extremely effective acquisition. Williams was good for them in 2021 and again in 2022 as a starter and reliever.
The Mets may not necessarily need some of Williams’ experience or ability level. Someone they can push back and forth between the majors and minors would suffice. A starter struggling with his team the same way Williams was with the Cubs in 2021 could work. It could also turn into a massive failure.
More than anything, the Mets are going to need to find arms to improve their roster. After targeting a high-leverage reliever to attempt to replace what Robertson was supposed to be or even become the Mets closer, Eppler needs to turn his attention to the middle inning option.
Make it a lefty if you can. Settle for a righty who can get batters on both sides of the plate out.