The Mets’ season is all but over, and there are sure to be plenty more trade rumors surrounding the team. With starting pitching in demand, plenty of those rumors have focused on Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, but let’s look at another Mets stdarter who could be dealt: Steven Matz.
Matz has had a solid season so far, with a 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 4.71 FIP over 19 starts and a total of 101 innings. That performance seems likely to draw interest, but Matz’s injury history could also be a big problem in any potential trade. With that said, here are a few possible landing spots for the Mets lefty.
The Mariners currently hold the second Wild Card spot in the American League, leading the A’s by three games in the standings. But they can make some improvements to their starting pitching staff in order to lock down their first trip to the playoffs since 2001.
The Mariners have the worst starting pitcher ERA of all of the American League teams currently in playoff spots in the standings and would be a perfect fit for Matz. Other than James Paxton, Seattle’s rotation has a lot of question marks. Felix Hernandez just came off the DL and is nowhere near the pitcher he used to be. Fellow starters Mike Leake, Marco Gonzales, and Wade LeBlanc have never been anything special and all have career ERAs over four.
The only issue with this is that the Mariners have one of the worst farm systems in baseball, so they might not be able to offer the Mets a package that they would be interested in taking. The Mets could potentially ask for infielder Andrew Romine to give them some depth if they ever decide to end the Jose Reyes debacle, but as of right now that looks unlikely.
The Diamondbacks are in a very similar situation to the Mariners. They are in a division battle in the NL West, just a game-and-a-half behind the Dodgers and a half-game ahead of the Rockies. The Wild Card race in the NL is also much closer, with six teams within six games of the second Wild Card spot.
Arizona has a below-average starting pitcher ERA, and the staff itself has been inconsistent and had problems with injuries. But the Diamondbacks run into the same problem as the Mariners, as they too have a farm system that is lacking in talent. They might only be willing to give up players that the Mets have no interest in so they don’t make their farm system weaker than it already is.
As for major league player who could be a good fit in New York, in this case, maybe it would be super utility player Daniel Descalso. He is having a very nice season, hitting .258/.366/.480 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs. He can play virtually anywhere on the field and would be the perfect solution to the injury bug that has bitten the Mets’ roster.
The Angels are in an interesting situation going into the second half of the season. They are currently 50-50 and 10 games back of the Mariners in the Wild Card race. It is hard to really call them buyers based on the current standings, but the team has too much talent and promise to call them sellers at this point.
They definitely need starting pitching. They lost Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgery as well as the pitching side of Shohei Ohtani to an elbow injury that may or may not allow him to return to the mound this year. If they want to upgrade their rotation in a desperate push for a playoff spot, Matz could make sense.
The Angels are in the best position farm system wise out of these three options, so they would perhaps be able to let go of enough talent to entice the Mets to deal Matz. Butwith their playoff chances looking questionable at best, it might not be worth it for them to make that trade this year.