The New York Mets hope to make a run after the All-Star break. Rumors are swirling that the Mets has trade interest to get San Diego Padres’ Ryan Buchter and Brand Hand.
The Mets finish the first half of this season with a 47-41 win-loss record and they are hoping to get the needed push to be able to improve their rank in the National League East division. They are looking for additional help to keep their struggling bullpen within striking distance.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are looking at Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand to help them in the pitching department. Aside from them, other names have also been in the interesting watch of the Mets which includes Oakland’s John Axford, Atlanta’s Chris Withrow, and Milwaukee’s Jeremy Jeffress.
“According to a club source, doesn’t necessarily have to be a higher-end option in the mold of Tyler Clippard, whom the Mets acquired for the stretch run last year. But names such as San Diego’s Ryan Buchter and Brad Hand could appeal to the Mets, along with Oakland’s John Axford and Atlanta’s Chris Withrow. If the Mets wanted to make a play on another team’s closer, Milwaukee’s Jeremy Jeffress could be a possibility,” Puma wrote.
The Mets are struggling in the pitching department and a trade deal before the Aug. 1 deadline could further bolster their chances of getting through a wild card situation. Mike Phillips of the sportsmedia101 state that the Mets does not need to get an overpaying player to secure their rotation, he adds that the Mets could instead get a veteran pitcher who could give solid innings for them.
Getting a veteran pitcher would give their bullpen a versatility and give their injured starters a break needed to be able to get themselves healthy going into the long stretch of the wildcard position that the Mets will be in.
“The bullpen has been a strong area for the Mets, but this should be one of the easiest areas for them to upgrade. Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been stellar on the back end, but getting to them has often been tricky. Jim Henderson was the seventh inning man before he suffered an elbow injury, and while he was reasonably effective he couldn’t offer much pitching back to back days. Hansel Robles has been good as a middle innings man, but the Mets would be better off adding someone to the mix who could work the seventh and spell Reed in the eighth,” Phillips explained.
Adding a reliever via trade shouldn’t cost too much for the Mets as it will also benefit them in the long run. Instead of looking at their campaign to be derailed and flush into oblivion, the Mets could better get into trade talks to salvage their goals for this season.
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