MLB rumors: Ex-Yankees starter is 1 of 5 potential Mets trade targets, insider says

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The New York Mets will take the field Friday in first place in the National League East, 3.5 games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies.

And that’s despite getting nothing yet this season from injured starters Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco. With the return of both right-handers uncertain, SNY’s Jim Duquette pitched five potential trade deadline options for the Mets.

“I throw (Max) Scherzer in there, although it’s unlikely that he gets traded by the Nationals until the very last minute. And I don’t think Mike Rizzo, their GM, will trade him within the division, even though he’ll be a free agent. But there are some guys that are having some really good years.

Jon Gray in Colorado, he had a little tweak to his elbow. He’s fine. He’s gonna make his next start, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

Kyle Gibson is an underrated American League pitcher. Very consistent. Shouldn’t cost a ton. I think he’s second in ERA in the American League. Going to the National League, I think, would be an improvement there.

Michael Pineda, of course we know a former Yankee, he’s having a solid season. Twins are, I think, in my opinion, out of it. So I think he’s gonna be available.

“And Tyler Anderson’s a lefty that is, listen, I like ideally, if everything was equal, I’d like to see the Mets get a lefty in that rotation. Anderson, except for his last start, I think it was against the Dodgers, he’s had a really good year. So he would be an interesting name, too.

“But I think any one of those, for me, would be an upgrade, on what they currently have.”

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