Noah Syndergaard isn’t coming back to the New York Mets but could a different former member of the Amazins return to Flushing?
The MLB trade deadline is procrastinating. Soon, the dominoes will fall. We can expect the Mets to be right there in the center of some of those deals.
There will be some new faces added to the roster by the end of the day on August 2. There might even be some familiar ones. These are the four best reunion candidates the Mets could look to acquire.
4) NY Mets trade reunion: Aaron Loup
Aaron Loup hasn’t been especially good for the Los Angeles Angels this year. His masterful 2021 season with the Mets seems to be an encore performance from the veteran lefty. In 36.1 innings of work this year with the Los Angeles Angels, Loup is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA. He has already given up more than three times as many runs—earned and unearned—as he did with the Mets.
Loup took the large offer the Angels gave him in the offseason. How could he not? He had $7.5 million to him possibly coming into his bank account in each of the next three seasons with at least a guaranteed $2 million in the third year.
Billy Eppler was never able to find the roster replacement for Loup in New York this year. He tried with Chasen Shreve. He took a chance on Joely Rodriguez. Neither worked out. Could rewinding things with Loup be in the cards?
Meh, relief pitchers are weird. Loup is probably not the preferred lefty out there for the Mets even if he would probably be more of a salary-dump deal than anything else. Should we oppose it? No. But we should demand the Mets at least have another new lefty within the organization as well.