9 under the radar trade targets the Mets should pursue

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Scott Oberg, Mets
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Scott Oberg would be a consistent addition to the Mets’ bullpen.

The righty is coming off of a strong 2021. He made 49 appearances and finished 18 games for the Rockies. In 56 innings pitched, he allowed 39 hits, 14 earned runs, 23 walks, and struck out 58 batters. His ERA was 2.25, his FIP was 3.54, and his WHIP was 1.11. He gave up just five home runs, which is impressive in Colorado, good for a .8 HR/9.

His Savant metrics were pretty good too. He did walk a lot of batters (20th percentile in walk rate) and he gave up a fair amount of hard contact (49th percentile in hard hit rate), but other than that there’s not much to complain about. 

Oberg is primarily a two-pitch pitcher. He throws a fastball in the mid-90’s about 52% of the time and a mid-80’s slider about 43% of the time. He has a high-80’s changeup he uses just 4% of the time.

I don’t know why, but Oberg’s 2021 stats are not on Fangraphs, so I can’t talk about this season specifically in terms of his batted balls. Over the course of his career, he has predominantly been a ground ball pitcher, getting more than 54% of his batted balls on the ground. 

Oberg is under contract for 2022 and has a club option for 2023. He shouldn’t be that expensive since the Rockies don’t need late-inning relievers at the start of one of the biggest and most poorly-executed rebuilds in recent memory.