Coming into the 2021 MLB season, the National League East looked like it would be a tough competition between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. While the Braves have experienced some unlucky injuries and have disappointed this season, the Mets are first in the National League East with a record of 52-44 with only a few days before the MLB trade deadline.
This has come on the back of their outstanding starting rotation led by Jacob deGrom. While the starting pitching has been good, the Mets also traded for Rich Hill on July 23. However, the Mets lineup has struggled all year long, whether it be bad luck or just bad performance, there are some glaring holes. So let’s go over four trade targets that the Mets should go after to fill those glaring holes.
Max Scherzer, Starting Pitcher, Washington Nationals:
“Didn’t this guy just say that the Mets needed lineup help, and they have an amazing rotation?” Yes, but when it’s Max Scherzer, you have to go for it. This is the least realistic target of the four, but take a moment to imagine the dominance that a Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer rotation would have. Scherzer is on an expiring deal and will be a free agent after the end of this season, so there is little financial commitment that the Mets would have to make.
The Nationals asking price, while fair, will be extremely high, but with the prospect capital, they could get a deal done. A pairing of Scherzer and deGrom is amazing, although it probably won’t happen.