The Mets are 62-37, over 0.500 since their stellar 2006 season, and top three in the Eastern National League. They’ve already made two moves to improve their roster, bringing Tyler Naquin into the fold in a deal with the Reds along with left-footed bowlers Phillip Diehl and Daniel Vogelbach in a deal with Pirates. But there is still room for improvement – especially in the labor market.
Collectively, the Mets hold a 3.50 ERA that ranks eighth in all of baseball this year, which can make it seem like the need for a stylus upgrade isn’t urgent. Edwin Díaz has had an exceptional 1.51 ERA and an absurd 52.5% strike rate, and many of his supporting actors have put in good numbers. Bullpen’s makeup now behind Díaz is: Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo, Trevor Williams, Tommy Hunter, Joely Rodríguez, Yoan López, Stephen Nogosek and Sam Clay. Of that group, Ottavino has been the best over the longest span, but Rodriguez has a 5.93 ERA and Clay has just been called up and has struggled in short stints in the major leagues in the past. And of course, Colin Holdman had given the Mets good roles from the base of the bulls before sending him to Pittsburgh in the Vogelbach trade.
Internal reinforcements are likely on the way, as Trevor May is set to return soon after a very long absence due to the humeral stress reaction. Tylor Megill can get into the bulls on his return, although he hasn’t reached the significant point of rehab yet. David Peterson was just picked up to Syracuse and ceded two rounds too quickly in a high-powered relief appearance against the Yankees on Wednesday night, but perhaps he could work in a relief role more successfully.
It’s still fairly clear that the Mets could use some new options for the biggest sites. So let’s take a quick look at the reducers who could be a good fit for three of the non-competing teams, with more bad teams coming up in the later parts of this short series.
as such: Having already stripped their roster significantly over the winter, A has a lot of players that aren’t even close to qualifying for the free agency, which makes them probably their best ERA boosters this year – Sam Moll, AJ Puk, Zach Jackson, and Domingo Acevedo – Not available. After that, the stats from the rest of the analgesics don’t make it look particularly attractive. Justin Grimm, for example, is set to hit free agency after this season, but he has a 4.11 ERA and 4.29 FIP this year.
RoyalsBy: Scott Barlow is the most charismatic savior of the royal family, with a 2.45 ERA in 47.2 runs. But he won’t hit free agency until after the 2024 season. Like the A’s, the Royals have a few other good-numbered thinners — Jose Coas, Gabi Speer, Dylan Coleman — who will have the team under control for many years to come.
tigers: Despite their terrible track record, tigers have a whole lot of good sedatives this year. And like the other teams here, many of their shooters are nowhere near free agency. But 33-year-old Willy Peralta is a free agent at the end of this season and holds a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 rounds of action, albeit with a 3.72 FIP which is largely due to a high 14.0 percent walking rate. He’s currently on a rehab assignment at Triple-A and is working his way back from a hamstring injury.
With the Mets’ biggest need in the Bulls game still as the left mitigator thanks to the struggles of Joely Rodríguez and Andew Chafin, a 2.53 ERA and a contract that runs until next season at $6.5 million a year – as long as he doesn’t opt out at the end of this season – it could be attractive. If the status of the COVID vaccination is important to the Mets in making the moves, though, Chafin has been placed on the restricted list for the Tigers’ recent trip to Toronto because he was not vaccinated.
Michael Vollmer, a former Mets pro who was sent to Tigers in the Yoenis Cespedes trade, is due to arrive at free agency this winter and has been doing very well in relief this year. He has a 2.77 ERA and 3.27 FIP in 39.0 innings.
And Joe Jiménez has a 3.00 ERA and 1.92 FIP in Round 39.0 as he was on the verge of hitting free agency at the end of the 2023 season. His track record this season has been shaky, with 6.35 ERAs over the course of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.