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Mets’ list of MLB trade targets includes Reds’ Luis Castillo

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The Mets have two of the most effective pitchers in baseball on the mend, with Max Scherzer expected back as early as Sunday and Jacob deGrom believed doubtless again across the time of the All-Star Recreation. Nevertheless, with different damage issues of their rotation (and certainly some persevering with deGrom uncertainty), the Mets are amongst a couple of groups exhibiting early curiosity in Reds beginning pitcher Luis Castillo.

They’d presumably have curiosity in different starters, as properly, together with his teammate Tyler Mahle, who they talked about in winter, and A’s star Frankie Montas, who they’ve scouted, too. Phrase is, the Twins (who acquired Sonny Grey from Cincinnati) and ultra-aggressive Padres (who wouldn’t appear to have rotational wants) are also in on Castillo, who has one other yr earlier than free company and will draw curiosity from each contender.

In one other attention-grabbing twist, whereas the Mets entered Thursday tied atop MLB with the Yankees with 353 runs, they could be out there for a hitter, too. The commerce market isn’t anticipated to be stocked with bats, however Josh Bell and Andrew Benintendi are amongst a choose few who’d assist.

The Mets have been seen early as being among the many NL groups finest geared up to fill DH, as they’d a number of candidates. However with Robinson Cano lengthy gone, Dom Smith hovering across the Mendoza line and J.D. Davis’ OPS under .700, there’s room for enchancment.

MVP candidate Pete Alonso leads the NL with 20 house runs however is generally alone as a slugger in a Mets lineup that’s thrived by hitting a league-high .261, hitting higher than anybody with males in scoring place (.289) and generally setting the standard for opportunism. One other huge bat — ideally a lefty (or swap hitter like Bell) — behind Alonso, might make the Mets extra formidable.

Reds pitcher Luis Castillo
Reds pitcher Luis Castillo
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With famous person Juan Soto all but certain to stay with the Nats, and hitters in brief provide, it will likely be a vendor’s market. The Mets (and plenty of others) would have cherished a shot at Soto, however a few his teammates (not simply Bell but in addition the ageless Nelson Cruz) could also be among the many higher choices in a market the place overpays are anticipated with a really restricted provide.

Bell (.852 OPS) is having maybe the most effective yr amongst obtainable hitters, however Benintendi might additionally could match since he performs outfield, the place the Mets have skilled occasional damage absences. Different hitters anticipated to hit the market embrace Trey Mancini, David Peralta, Carlos Santana, Ian Happ, C.J. Cron and Jed Lowrie (clearly not a Mets choice following his hitless Mets profession). One more Mets’ choice could possibly be a shock call-up of prime prospect Francisco Alvarez, who’s tearing it up recently at Double-A Binghamton. Whereas a catcher by commerce, a DH function at age 20 could be extra life like (although he has solely about 200 at-bats at Double-A).

Though the Mets haven’t been overly offensively productive at catcher, starter James McCann is predicted again quickly, and his game-calling is appreciated; the pitchers have a 2.67 ERA with him behind the plate. The Mets are additionally anticipated to look to enhance the bullpen, notably from the left facet. There will likely be many relievers obtainable, however with enormous demand, that, too, will likely be a vendor’s market.