Mets Rumors: 3 Starting Pitchers the Mets Could Trade for Ahead of the Deadline

Devon Platana
Three starting pitchers that the New York Mets could trade for ahead of the July 30 MLB deadline.
Three starting pitchers that the New York Mets could trade for ahead of the July 30 MLB deadline. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

As the MLB All-Star break approaches, the New York Mets continue to own the top spot in the NL East. However, major injuries to starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco have prevented them from taking the mound this season.

Newsday's Tim Healey reported Mets acting general manager Zack Scott is prioritizing "starting pitcher acquisitions" ahead of the July 30 trade deadline.

Here's a look at three starting pitchers the Mets could trade for ahead of the deadline.

Mets Trade Rumors

1. Jon Gray, Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are in the midst of a disappointing season and will probably be sellers at the deadline. With right-handed starter Jon Gray being in the final year of his contract, it'd make sense for the Mets to inquire about him so the Rockies don't lose him for nothing. After finishing the 2020 campaign with an abysmal 6.69 ERA, Gray has turned things around this season. The former No. 3 pick in 2013 is currently 5-6 on the season with a 3.89 ERA and career-best 1.243 WHIP. He'd certainly bring stability to the Mets' rotation, especially if Syndergaard and Carrasco aren't back by their projected return dates.

2. Tyler Anderson, Pittsburgh Pirates

Tyler Anderson is another pitcher on a basement-dwelling team that could be on the move by July 30. The Pittsburgh Pirates aren't moving up the standings any time soon and the 31-year-old lefty is also on the final year of his contract, so they may as well move him. After dealing with injury issues at the start of the season, Anderson has since managed to stay in the lineup. His 4.39 ERA through 92.1 innings pitched is below his career ERA of 4.61. Anderson is also averaging a career-low of 8.4 hits per nine innings pitched. All of the above could make him look attractive enough to slide into the No. 4- or 5-spot in the Mets' rotation for the time being.

3. Kyle Gibson, Texas Rangers

When it comes to the Texas Rangers and the trade deadline, a lot of the attention is surrounding OF/1B/3B Joey Gallo. However, another player who could be on the move is RHP Kyle Gibson. Gibson is having the best season of his career in 2021. With a 6-0 record through 16 starts, he's recorded a 1.98 ERA and a 1.035 WHIP through 95.2 IP. That's not even to mention that he's also slated to make $7.67 million in 2022, so any potential trade scenario will consider that. Still, the Mets should at least find out of the price to acquire Gibson is in their ballpark. Getting a player like Gibson in the rotation would boost the Mets' chances of contending for a World Series.

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