The Cubs are among several teams that have expressed interest in trading for RHP Seth Lugo, but the Mets are not motivated to trade him, sources recently told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
According to Crasnick, the Cubs love Lugo's spin rate and believe he has "breakout potential."
Lugo, 27, missed the first two months of this season due to a torn UCL in his pitching elbow that he rehabbed and is pitching through in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.
He has a 4.10 ERA (4.25 FIP) and 1.35 WHIP with 34 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innigs this season.
Lugo posted a 2.67 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 54 innings (eight starts, nine relief appearances) in 2016, during what was his rookie season.
He is not eligible for arbitration until 2020 and is under team control through the 2022 season.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said recently that the team is not looking to tear down, with the focus instead on trading players who are not under team control beyond this season.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Good. Lugo has more value as a successful, young, controllable pitcher that can play a major role on next year's team, which I believe will be good enough to contend for a World Series. I know he is a good starting pitcher, but I still think he would be terrific and better served as a multi-inning, multi-faceted reliever, making the occasional spot start.
The fact that Lugo has experience pitching four and five innings at a time, and he's young enough to adjust to different spots, and because he has a variety of pitches to lean on, not to mention an amazing, devastating curve ball, he is the perfect person to be this team's Andrew Miller. I said it all last season, and I'm saying it again.
Unfortunately, when he returned from the DL, all of his teammates were still hurt, so Lugo had no choice but to start this year. However, next year, hopefully the pitching staff will be healthy, stable and successful, and we can finally see Lugo live up to being the game changer I think he can be.