3) The alternative NY Mets complete their trade deadline with lefty reliever Brent Suter
Billy Eppler can’t even get the Opening Day bullpen right in a fantasy land. That’s why in a fabricated trade deadline where everything has gone right for the Mets and very little has gone wrong, he’s still in search of bullpen help. The target is Colorado Rockies lefty reliever Brent Suter.
Anytime a Rockies pitcher can put up even fair numbers, it catches fans’ attention. Suter is a pending free agent after this season and sure to have a lot of teams calling about him. On certain timelines the Mets are trading for Randal Grichuk or Jurickson Profar instead. In more realities than not, it’s Suter the fans want and it’s Suter Eppler delivers.
Of all the trades Eppler has made, the one for Brooks Raley seemed to be one of the sharpest. Now a candidate to get moved by the Mets but increasingly less likely with the team option for next season, the kind of offer the Mets are giving to the Rockies in this completely fictitious world is even less than what we’d expect the price to be for Raley. That extra year of control for a left-handed bullpen arm pitching well makes him a desirable asset.
Suter, as a pure rental, isn’t going to cost the Mets any of their better prospects. A guy ranked in the teens might be the most the Rockies could hope to get. It won’t matter much in our dimension. Suter will get dealt but not to Queens.