5 trade destinations for David Robertson if the Mets are sellers

While the Mets haven't committed to one direction at the deadline, it's worth taking a look at the value of their lights out closer.
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If the Chicago Cubs decide to buy at the deadline, expect them to call the Mets about David Robertson

The Chicago Cubs are just 1/2 a game better than the Mets at the trade deadline, yet might emerge as buyers given their place in the division race. While the Mets are already far out of the picture behind the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs are just 7 games out of a title in the NL Central.

The Cubs bullpen has been average at best, but where they really find themselves struggling is closing out games. Their top closer, Adbert Alzolay has just seven saves in the first half, although he has pitching well with a 2.29 ERA. Outside of that, the rest of the bullpen has an ERA above 4, and none of them should be trusted to close out games during what figures to be a close NL Central title race.

However, this all depends on if the Cubs decide to buy instead of sell, with their direction just as unclear as the Mets. Still, the return from Robertson would be good from any team, and the Cubs are no different. MLB.com had them as the 10th best farm system entering the season, and while their top end talent is mostly position players, the Mets should still explore a trade if the Cubs buy.

Two years ago, the Mets took on a rental in Javier Baez from the selling Cubs. Just a few years later, we might see an exact opposite scenario play out.