5 Bullpen Trade Targets David Stearns Should Consider for the MetsNovember 23, 2023
The Mets will have to revamp their bullpen heading into the 2023 season. Last year, they attempted to rely on a group of “optionable” arms that could be easily moved between the majors and the minors. However, this strategy did not prove successful, as the starting rotation struggled, and the bullpen was forced to pick up the slack. The lack of middle relief options became apparent, emphasizing the need to add depth to the bullpen.
One area the Mets need to address is finding a reliable long reliever. While they have internal options in Joey Lucchesi and Jose Butto, they may also look to free agency or trades to fill this role. The need for a setup man is also crucial, with the possibility of Adam Ottavino returning. The team should prioritize pitchers with high-leverage experience to support veteran Brooks Raley. Additionally, adding depth in the middle of the bullpen and another left-handed option will be essential for the Mets to compete effectively in the NL East.