With the trade deadline fast approaching and TBD continuing to get a large number of starts, the Mets continue to be vigilant in searching for a starting pitcher to acquire via trade. The latest rumor from Jon Heyman suggests that one player the team may be pursuing is lefty Tyler Anderson from the Pirates. Heyman also notes that other teams are talking to Pittsburgh about the pitcher and that they will make an effort to trade him before his scheduled start tonight. The Mets currently do not have a starting pitcher scheduled for their game tonight, but it would likely be a tall order to get him to Citi Field in time for the game even if they did acquire him sometime today.
Anderson is in the midst of an unspectacular but solid season with the last-place Pirates. In 18 starts, he has put up a 4.35 ERA and 1.3 bWAR with 86 strikeouts and just 25 walks in 103.1 innings. While there may be flashier pitchers the Mets could try to pursue—like Max Scherzer or Jose Berrios—Anderson, who is scheduled to hit free agency after this season), could be a solid and relatively lost-cost option for them that would provide some additional stability to a rotation that desperately needs it.