The Mets have let rival teams know that they are willing to deal any of their starting pitchers aside from Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom according to Marc Carig of Newsday. So far the Mets haven’t received much interest.
That should come as no surprise as the Mets’ rotation has many question marks surrounding it currently. Starters combined for a 3.61 ERA in 2016 which was third best in the Majors, but most recently combined for a 5.14 ERA in 2017 which was ranked 27th overall.
While basically the same cast of characters came back in 2017 (with the addition of Zack Wheeler and subtraction of Bartolo Colon), only deGrom was able to pitch a full season. Degrom led the team with 31 starts while the only other player to hit the 20-game mark was Robert Gsellman who pitched in 25 games and started in 22 of them.
Between deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler, Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, and Matt Harvey, the Mets have seven starters for five spots. All seven of these starters have expressed brilliance at some point during their careers.
Harvey, Syndergaard, and deGrom have all represented the Mets at an All-Star game. Gsellman and Lugo were key factors to the Mets’ 2016 playoff run. Wheeler and Matz were top prospects who pitched quite well their first two seasons with the big league club.
All the pitchers aside from deGrom and Syndergaard have major questions surrounding them, however. Will they be as productive as they once were in their careers, will they recover from their injuries, and/or can they stay healthy going forward?
In regards to Gsellman and Lugo, are they the rookies phenoms we witnessed in 2016 or the pitchers who struggled in 2017?
If the Mets were to pull off a one-for-one trade with any of those pitchers, they would not receive much in return at this point. However, if they were to package one or two in a deal, then they may get something of value in return.
As of now the trade market for those five guys hasn’t yet heated up.