2) NY Mets trade reunion: Michael Fulmer
Flores became a Mets legend when he thought he was about to get traded at the 2015 trade deadline. Instead, the Mets ended up making a different deal. This one sent prospect Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers.
Fulmer hadn’t actually played for the big league club so there weren’t any tears. He ended up winning the American League Rookie of the Year the following season and was an All-Star in 2017. However, injuries and overall poor performance as a starter moved him to the bullpen where he has carved out a nice late-inning role for himself.
Fulmer is 3-4 with a 2.77 ERA this year in 39 innings of work. He has a high walk rate of 4.6 per 9 that doesn’t go too well with an 8.8 per 9 strikeout rate. He has managed to keep runners from scoring. However it gets done, he does it.
When the season ends, Fulmer hits free agency for the first time ahead of his age 30 season. He is a pitcher somewhat on the rise in this new role of his. The Tigers have used him in a closer role at times which we could see for him in the future on a team with patience to let him do it. Because he isn’t actually a closer this year, the price for him should be lower than that for David Robertson.