3 moves Mets can make to sidestep Jacob deGrom injury
Escrito por Pedro Mejia el julio 18, 2021
With Jacob deGrom going to the Injured list, the New York Mets need to make a move ahead of the trade deadline.
The unlucky campaign of injuries has continued for New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom. This weekend, he had another setback, as the superstar starting pitcher was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a forearm injury.
With the MLB trade deadline coming at the end of the month, the New York front office needs to be aggressive and go after a starting hurler. While deGrom’s injury isn’t expected to keep him out for the long haul, all these injuries really are starting to add up. With that said, there’s multiple guys the Mets could try and trade for.
3. Matthew Boyd
On the list is of course Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd. The lefty seems to be mentioned in trade rumors every season and this year is no different. Boyd is 3-6 on the year, but he’s sporting a respectable 3.44 ERA.
Detroit has disappointed this campaign, as they’re 42-51 on the year. With the team rebuilding for the future, they could potentially get some quality prospects in return from the Mets for him. Boyd is a veteran left-handed starter. That kind of arm in your rotation is of course huge, especially once the postseason rolls around.
A trade between the Mets and Tigers for Boyd really makes sense for both parties involved. Boyd would be a great addition to the Mets staff. New York is currently in first place of the NL East standings, two games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Again, deGrom isn’t expected to miss significant time, but if he keeps battling these injuries late in the year or in the playoffs, it could spell trouble for the team. Going out and landing a quality arm like Boyd’s could prove to be monstrous for them.
2. Kyle Gibson
Next up on the list is fellow veteran hurler Kyle Gibson, who is in the middle of a fantastic campaign for the Texas Rangers. This year, the All-Star hurler is 6-1, with a head-turning 2.29 ERA. Gibson has really been superb for the Rangers.
Just like the Tigers, Texas has been a major letdown in 2021. The Rangers are in last place of the AL West standings with their 35-56 record. Things are so bad for them right now, they’re 20 games back of the first-place Houston Astros.
Yup, it’s not what the fans had in mind. With that said, Texas is obviously going to be sellers at the deadline. With the team having no chance of making it to the postseason, they’re going to want to keep building toward the future as well.
Gibson wouldn’t be cheap for the Mets, but he’d most certainly be worth it. Adding another All-Star to the rotation would send a big, clear message to the rest of the National League. New York has what it takes to go on a deep playoff run. Adding someone like Gibson would only make them even more dangerous.
1. Jose Berrios
Last but not least, let’s not forget about stud Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios. The righty is 7-3 on the year and holds a 3.48 ERA. Just like the Rangers and Tigers, the expectation is that Minnesota will be sellers later this month.
Berrios isn’t the only standout who could get traded, as Nelson Cruz is being floated around different trade rumors too. With Berrios specifically, he’s in his sixth season with the Minnesota organization.
He’s never suited up for another team but very well could be on the move here sooner than later. Multiple teams have shown interest in Berrios, which of course is going to drive up the Twins’ asking price.
With that said, if New York is high enough on him, the club’s front office shouldn’t think twice about putting a sexy offer on the table. Berrios had some seriously nasty stuff, which drives opposing hitters insane with consistency. He’d sure look good firing off his different pitches over in Flushing. Mets fans would of course love this kind of a move.