One constant at the trade deadline is that pitching is always in demand. Contenders looking to plug rotation holes and bolster bullpens offer far more valuable packages in July than in January. The Mets don't have an especially deep cache of arms to offer up, but there are a few names to watch for.
Addison Reed has largely righted his ship after a difficult start to 2017 and now has a 2.59 ERA dating back to 2015. His 4.89 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is the 10th best in baseball over the span and his 2.58 FIP is 13th best.
He has never been in the top tier of relief aces alongside such names as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but he has been surprisingly close. As a pending free agent capable of setting up or closing, he should garner plenty of interest from contenders with weak bullpens, such as, unfortunately, the Nationals.
In the midst of a notably less effective season than Reed is currently having, Tyler Clippard was acquired by the Mets in 2015 for Casey Meisner, a raw, but very promising 20-year-old starter in A ball. That's probably the low end of the range of reasonable expectations for the Mets, who should be looking to fill out the farm system at all levels and replenish the arms they have lost to the majors or to other trades over the last three years. The high end of what to expect would look like a controllable reliever plus young prospect the Pirates got for Mark Melancon.
There's a good chance Fernando Salas will be moved as well, but in the middle of a dismal season, it's going to be for cash or maybe as a sweetener with another player. There's a team out there who will hope to catch the same lightning in a bottle the Mets did when they acquired him last season, but they won't pay much for the privilege.
Possibly the most valuable piece on the Mets is Jerry Blevins, but the team may be reluctant to move him. He is on a one-year deal, but has a very team-friendly option for next season and every indication suggests the Mets won't be punting more than just the one season at this point.
Still, the Brewers got a solid haul for a similar lefty in Will Smith last year, including a pitcher from the first round of the 2015 draft and a young catcher with some major league experience. If a team comes to Sandy Alderson with that kind of offer, it'll be hard to turn down.
Maggie Wiggin (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Archive Posts) has been a Mets fan since birth and a MetsBlog contributor since 2013. She loves throwing hard and hitting hard and hates the DH. When baseball is out of season, she fills her days with data analysis and evaluation and patiently waits for Spring