As many New York Mets fans know, it's very rare for the Mets to be on the right side of a trade, as for whatever reason in the baseball universe the Mets seem to be fleeced one way or the other by opposing teams. I believe the fortunes of the Mets change this season, and I believe a big reason for that is the return of left-handed pitcher Joey Lucchesi.
Lucchesi has battled his way back from Tommy John surgery back in 2021 and he looks like he is bouncing back nicely in his return to the mound this spring. In this day and age of baseball, it's extremely rare to have all of your starting pitchers make 30 starts in a given season, as also noted by David Peterson, which makes Lucchesi's return all the more valuable.
Joey Lucchesi has the ability to make an impact for the Mets this season and reverse their recent trade fortunes
Lucchesi seemed to be finding a grove prior to getting injured in 2021 and one can hope he can pick right back up this season as he may be counted on to make some starts for the Mets this season, especially with the majority of their starting rotation up there in age. Despite the age concerns, the Mets have some of the deepest pitching depth in all of baseball, which has long been an area of struggle for this organization.
Lucchesi's starting potential as well as his value as a depth option will bode well for a Mets trade that they finally will have come out on top. It's also still important to remember that Lucchesi is still only 29 years old and still has plenty of mileage left in his arm, as he has only thrown 44 innings since the start of the 2020 season.
With Joey Lucchesi's ability to factor in the Mets rotation plans at some point this season as well as his continued long-term upside, this trade is looking like a deal that fans can finally be satisfied about.