With Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline approaching at 4:00 PM this afternoon, the Mets have not yet made a trade. At the moment, however, they’re still rumored to be interested in Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, and general bullpen help.
On Saturday night, the Brewers and Indians agreed to a trade that would have sent Lucroy to Cleveland, but he used his partial no-trade protection to veto the deal. There have been conflicting reports regarding the Mets’ continued participation in the Lucroy market, but it at least sounds like the deal isn’t impossible. Lucroy is an obvious fit for the Mets, as their most recent known offer to the Brewers included Travis d’Arnaud, the team’s current starting catcher. Lucroy has hit .299/.359/.482 with a 119 wRC+ this year.
While Lucroy is an obvious fit, the Mets’ interest in Bruce remains a bit perplexing. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter is a corner outfielder with very little experience anywhere else in his major league career. The Mets already have left-handed-hitting corner outfielders aplenty, but Bruce’s .265/.319/.559 and 125 wRC+ this year would make him the best of the bunch. But that would still leave the Mets with a non-ideal option in center field, even if Yoenis Cespedes continues to avoid the disabled list.
The Mets have been rumored to have interest in acquiring bullpen help for several weeks. Former Met Joe Smith is one of the relievers who’s come up in rumors recently, though he’s been far from the only one. With an elite combination of relievers at the end of a game in Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia and a few other very good relievers, the team would be looking to bump the likes of Seth Lugo, Erik Goeddel, and Antonio Bastardo down on the organizational depth chart.