Starter Tyler Mahle has become one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, giving up just four earned runs over his last four starts (27.2 innings). The only problem is that he is stuck on a Cincinnati Reds team seemingly incapable of stringing together wins in 2022. Their 23-39 record ranks dead last in the NL Central.
The good news is that the MLB Trade Deadline is quickly approaching and Mahle should receive a ton of interest from teams in need of rotation depth. A trade to a contending squad could be on the horizon, so let's take a look at three teams that need to save the 27-year-old from Cincinnati.
Tyler Mahle Trade Rumors
1. New York Mets
The Mets are going to be a potential fit for almost any reliable rotation arm due to the fact that they cannot stay healthy at the position. Star pitchers like Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom remain on the injured list. Tylor Megill recently made his return, but he is still ramping up to a full workload. Mahle has gotten in to a groove, pitching at least 6.0 innings in six of his last seven starts. He has also leads the league in starts (14) after finishing first in that statistic in 2021 (33). That's a level of consistency the Mets are in desperate need of right now.
2. San Francisco Giants
The Giants find themselves in a very similar situation as the Mets. San Francisco is in the heat of a Wild Card race, yet lack dependable arms to throw out on the mound every day. Alex Cobb, Jakob Junis and Anthony DeSclafani all sit on the injured list. Manager Gabe Kapler's squad ranks outside the top 15 in team ERA and strikeouts per nine innings as a result. Mahle owns a 15-11 record over the last two seasons and has struck out 296 batters during that span (254.2 innings). He'd be a perfect addition alongside Carlos Rodon and Logan Webb.
3. Minnesota Twins
To the surprise of many MLB experts, the Twins sit atop the AL Central over a third of the way through the regular season. It has them lined up to be buyers at the trade deadline and starting pitching isn't exactly a strength of theirs. Minnesota has a stud in rookie Joe Ryan, but veterans like Dylan Bundy (5.87 ERA) and Chris Archer (1.35 WHIP) are failing to live up to expectations. Mahle is an affordable option that is still eligible for arbitration in 2023. He has also logged 86 strikeouts on the year, which tops any Minnesota starter by more than 40.
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