5) NY Mets trade target under 30 to pursue this offseason: Mitch Keller
It was surprising enough to see David Bednar's name among those available in trade talks at the deadline, but seeing his teammate Mitch Keller mentioned was equally as surprising if not more so. The 27-year-old right-hander has broken out in a big way this season, and looks like a frontline starter for years to come.
Keller's numbers might not jump off the page immediately as his ERA sits at 4.04 through 30 starts, but that high-ish ERA has more to do with a couple of very poor starts than it does him being a mediocre pitcher. Most of the time Keller has been absolutely dominant.
Keller has allowed three runs or fewer in 20 of his 30 starts, and has allowed two runs or fewer 18 times. He's gone at least five innings in all but one of his starts, and has gone at least six innings 20 times. Virtually two-thirds of the time, Keller has allowed two runs or fewer in six innings or more. That's quite good.
The right-hander is tied for second in the league in starts, is fourth in innings pitched, and fifth in strikeouts. He's made at least 30 appearances in each of the last two seasons proving he can be durable, and his workload this season has proven he can be a workhorse.
Keller is only improving and has two more years of team control after this one. He's not as good as a pitcher like Burnes, but he has more control and would be cheaper. He'd make a great second or third starter in a World Series rotation.