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Mets Add Pair of Pitchers in Trade With Marlins

Tyler Maher
The New York Mets have acquired a pair of pitchers from the Miami Marlins.
The New York Mets have acquired a pair of pitchers from the Miami Marlins. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

With Jacob deGrom, Chris Bassitt and others potentially departing via free agency this winter, the New York Mets need to prioritize pitching depth this offseason if they want to contend again in 2023.

The Mets took steps to address that issue on Friday by acquiring two pitchers from the Miami Marlins in a rare intra-division trade.

Mets-Marlins Trade

New York landed Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham from Miami in a 2-for-1 swap for minor leaguer Franklin Sanchez.

Hernandez is the centerpiece of this deal given that he's had some success as a starter in the past, albeit not in 2022. The 27-year-old right-hander was a disaster last season, getting lit up for a 6.35 ERA and moving from the rotation to the bullpen because of his struggles.

The Mets are hopeful he can pitch more like he did in 2021, when he posted a solid 4.18 ERA in 11 starts. Even if he's not a full-time member of New York's rotation, he could be a solid depth option as a long reliever and spot starter.

Brigham, 30, is coming off the best year of his career after logging a 3.38 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24 innings last season. It remains to be seen if the righty reliever can duplicate that success, however, after posting a 5.01 ERA and a 5.32 FIP in his other three seasons combined.

The rebuilding Marlins don't have much use for either pitcher right now and hope Sanchez can realize his potential. Miami has done a great job of developing young pitchers recently, which bodes well for the 22-year-old's future. He's flashed promise with a 10.9 K/9 in the minors so far but needs to cut down on his walks (6.0 BB/9) if he wants to reach the majors.

Overall, this trade looks like a win for both sides. The Mets add some much-needed depth to their pitching staff while the Marlins get a young hurler with upside who could potentially help them down the line.

While New York still has a lot of work to do this offseason, the team currently has the fifth-best World Series odds (+950) for 2023 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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