3 strike-throwing Mets trade targets to replace injured Drew Smith on the roster

The Mets now have an immediate need for a right-handed reliever with Drew Smith gone.
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New York Mets reliever Drew Smith is likely out for the rest of the year with Tommy John surgery about to end his tenure in Queens. Smith is a free agent after the 2024 season. He was bummed about the possibility of being done with the Mets completely.

Smith’s time with the Mets included some good, some bad, and a second Tommy John surgery. The Mets will move forward without him. This makes adding a right-handed reliever a must for the team ahead of the trade deadline.

Right-handed relievers are abundantly available at every trade deadline. How do we narrow it down? Mets pitchers out of the bullpen and in the rotation have been insanely wild. Both groups of issued bases on balls at an unholy rate. Some strike throwers with good command this season should be among the best replacement options they look at.

1) Carlos Estevez

The closer for the Los Angeles Angels for the second straight year, Carlos Estevez is on an expiring contract with a modest $6.75 million salary for this year. He’s a guarantee to get traded somewhere. If the Mets can outbid the competition, they’ll add one of the better relief pitchers on the trade block.

Estevez has a 1-3 record and 3.12 ERA in 26 innings pitched. He has 16 saves, 27 strikeouts, and only 3 walks. We’ve seen countless Mets pitchers walk 3 in a single inning. Estevez has issued that many all season long.

The last line of defense on the mound for the Angels was recently on one of the hottest streaks imaginable by retiring 26 straight batters.

With Smith gone and Adam Ottavino being more untrustworthy, Estevez feels like one of the better setup men we could imagine on the Mets. Probably one of the more costly options as well, he still shouldn’t break the farm system.