The Mets have two of one of the best 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 Sport. Nevertheless, with different harm issues of their rotation (and certainly some persevering with deGrom uncertainty), the Mets are amongst a couple of groups displaying early curiosity in Reds beginning pitcher Luis Castillo.
They’d presumably have curiosity in different starters, as nicely, 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 12 months earlier than free company and will draw curiosity from each contender.
In one other fascinating twist, whereas the Mets entered Thursday tied atop MLB with the Yankees with 353 runs, they might 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 beneath .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 massive bat — ideally a lefty (or change hitter like Bell) — behind Alonso, might make the Mets extra formidable.
With famous person Juan Soto all but certain to stay with the Nats, and hitters briefly provide, it is going to be a vendor’s market. The Mets (and plenty of others) would have liked a shot at Soto, however a few his teammates (not simply Bell but additionally 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 one of the best 12 months amongst accessible hitters, however Benintendi might additionally might match since he performs outfield, the place the Mets have skilled occasional harm absences. Different hitters anticipated to hit the market embody Trey Mancini, David Peralta, Carlos Santana, Ian Happ, C.J. Cron and Jed Lowrie (clearly not a Mets choice following his hitless Mets profession). Yet one more Mets’ choice could possibly be a shock call-up of prime prospect Francisco Alvarez, who’s tearing it up currently at Double-A Binghamton. Whereas a catcher by commerce, a DH position at age 20 is likely to be extra sensible (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 aspect. There might be many relievers accessible, however with large demand, that, too, might be a vendor’s market.