The Mets are in need of a starting pitcher to fill the empty slot in the rotation and also need bullpen help.
With that in mind, former big league executive Adam Fisher and SNY contributor John Harper each tossed out a trade idea on Sunday night...
Andres Gimenez and Jordan Humphreys to the Diamondbacks for Robbie Ray
"This is a way to get an affordable guy who has about as much upside as the guy you lost," Fisher said while alluding to Ray and Zack Wheeler.
For the Mets, they would be losing one of their top prospects, but Gimenez is seemingly blocked in the majors anyway due to the presence of Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano. Humphreys is a marginal prospect.
The question then becomes whether the Mets would want to deal a chip like Gimenez for a pitcher (Ray) who is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.
Dominic Smith and Jeurys Familia to the Red Sox for Nathan Eovaldi and Brandon Workman
Harper notes how this deal would help the Mets get rid of a bad contract (Familia) and would allow them to keep Seth Lugo in the bullpen.
If the Red Sox are taking on the money owed to Familia, it would mean the Mets owing Eovaldi very little in both 2020 and 2021 before having to pay the full freight of $17 million in 2022.
But Eovaldi dealt with injury woes and was brutal in 2019, with a 5.99 ERA and 1.58 FIP in 67.2 IP. And while Workman was tremendous in 2019, it's fair to wonder if that performance was an outlier.