2. New York Mets
Forget about having to eat salary — New York Mets owner Steve Cohen might pay it all to Price just for the hell of it! Just kidding, but that scenario is on the table if the two sides can agree on other aspects of a potential deal.
The Mets are off to a blistering start this season and have the most wins in the NL (21-10). They have a tremendous back end of the bullpen with Edwin Diaz, Drew Smith and Seth Lugo, as well as a rotation that boasts Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Tylor Megill, Carlos Carrasco and (eventually) Jacob deGrom. But then it gets dicey.
Carlos Carrasco has seemingly gotten back on track, but will it last? Taijuan Walker has struggled, and his second half of 2021 foreshadowed what he’s going through right now. As for the bullpen … woof. Sean Reid-Foley (5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP), Adam Ottavino (5.91 ERA, 1.59 WHIP), Trevor May (8.64 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and now on the IL) and Trevor Williams (8.59 ERA, 2.05 WHIP) have largely been terrible.
How about some help in the back-end of the rotation and the middle of the bullpen? Price won’t solve everything himself, but he’ll provide the necessary aid to patch up the serious problem areas. And if money isn’t an issue for the Mets, there shouldn’t be much hesitation here.
David Peterson is the Mets’ only lefty starter, and he’s not even a full-timer on the big-league roster at this point. As for the bullpen’s lefties, how much longer will Chasen Shreve’s run of form last? Will Joely Rodriguez provide the high-leverage work they need on a consistent basis? The Mets could use the addition, that’s all we’re saying.