The New York Mets are coming off a disappointing finishing in the MLB playoffs and are now at risk of losing multiple starting pitchers to free agency. In win-now mode and fully aware of the importance of a strong pitching staff, New York is already hunting for potential replacements.
Re-signing closer Edwin Diaz addressed one potential hole in the bullpen, but the Mets rotation is a concern right now. While Max Scherzer is under contract, New York is in danger of losing Jacob deGrom, Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker to the open market.
While efforts are underway to re-sign at least one of those starting pitchers, the Mets are in a difficult spot right now. Owner Steve Cohen isn’t expected to significantly increase payroll and that makes it harder to fill out a rotation that is right now headlined by injury risks (Scherzer, Carlos Carrasco, Tylor Megill) and unproven arms.
MLB free agency offers viable solutions to New York’s problems. However, any of the options available requires engaging in a bidding war which comes with the risk of overpaying a starter. So, the Mets’ front office is exploring the trade market and there seems to be significant movement.