Sometimes being the best isn’t good enough.
The New York Mets own the top record in the National League at 45-25. And they accomplished that despite a starting rotation that’s been decimated by injuries.
Aces Jacob deGrom (stress reaction in right shoulder) and Max Scherzer (strained oblique) are on the comeback trail. But given what’s happened so far this season, look for general manager Billy Eppler to target starting pitching ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
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The Athletic’s Jim Bowden identified the top 10 starting pitchers on the market and said the Mets are a “best fit” for three of them.
Luis CastilloRHP, Reds: Castillo is the most talented starting pitcher who could be traded by the deadline. … Castillo could fetch the best prospect package of any player traded before Aug. 2. Best team fits: Dodgers, Braves, Red Sox, Twins, Angels, Mets.
Frankie MontasRHP, A’s: Montas is the second-best starting pitcher on the trade block. … The A’s have received many offers for Montas, but their asking price is high and no one has met it. … Best team fits: Cardinals, Giants, Phillies, RaysMets, Dodgers.
Kyle FreelandLHP, Rockies: The Rockies don’t want to move him, but of course they will listen to trade offers on all players. … Best team fits: Mets, White Sox, Angels.
Here is Bowden’s complete list:
1. Luis Castillo, RHP, Reds
2. Frankie Montas, RHP, A’s
3. Pablo López, RHP, Marlins
4. Martín Pérez, LHP, Rangers
5. Kyle Freeland, LHP, Rockies
6. Tyler Mahle, RHP, Reds
7. Edward Cabrera, RHP, Marlins
8. Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Diamondbacks
9. Merrill Kelly, RHP, Diamondbacks
10. Kyle Hendricks, RHP Cubs
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