After losing Dillon Gee, possibly for the season, the New York Mets might find themselves the subject of a few MLB rumors as we get closer to the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline. The Mets have surprised the baseball world this year, riding a very good starting rotation to contention for a playoff spot in the National League. However, they are not a team without holes and they will need to add an arm or two, either in the starting rotation or in the bullpen to help them get to the playoffs.
The Mets will likely call up top pitching prospect Matt Harvey and see how he does in the rotation rather than deal with the potential disaster that Miguel Batista has been all year. Harvey’s numbers at AAA Buffalo are good enough to warrant such a promotion. He is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and 102 strikeouts and 42 walks in 98 1/3 innings. He deserves a shot in the rotation before anyone is brought from outside the organization.
No matter how Harvey fares in his first taste of Major League Baseball, there is no denying the Mets need help in the bullpen. Going into the trade deadline there should start to be a plethora of arms available. The Minnesota Twins could be making closer Matt Capps available and he could fit right in with the Mets either as the closer or as a set-up man to Frank Francisco. Capps, who is only 28, has a 1.02 WHIP, 3.42 ERA, 14 saves in 15 chances, and would be an upgrade over just about everyone in the Mets bullpen. The Twins have been terrible this year and should make Capps available soon, if he isn’t already. Capps’ contract has a team option for 2013 and he is making $6 million this season.
Another name to keep an eye on is Brandon Lyon of the Houston Astros. Lyon has pitched to a 3.24 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and has struck out 35 in 33 1/3 innings. The Astros are looking to dump salary and obtain prospects as they get ready to jump to the American League next season. Lyon, who has struggled a little in the month of July allowing 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings, shouldn’t be cost prohibitive for the Mets in terms of prospects and he makes only $5.5 million this season.
The Mets should do something at, or before, the deadline. They have exceeded expectations this season and, I believe, owe it to their fans to make an attempt at making the playoffs. With the Mets starting rotation, they might just win a playoff series but they need to shore up their bullpen.