With all the prominent young starters the New York Mets have developed through their farm system, Steven Matz made history in his debut. He pitched 7.2 innings, just giving up two runs, while striking out six -- a truly unbelievable effort on his part to say that he has arrived in the Major Leagues. What made it more special to the Long Island native is that he collected three hits and four RBIs, which is a new mark for rookies and starting pitchers.
With Matz's new role now securely locked in, the Mets will look to trade some of their other pitchers to get a bat that could make a difference.
The Mets have a log jam in their rotation with six starters in it. The Mets have Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Niese in the rotation along with the newly-added Matz.
General manager Sandy Alderson made it clear that it is too early in the season to make a move because, simply, no one has become available as of yet. Non-contenders usually make their players available after the All-Star break when they start realizing they are out of the playoff race.
Alderson does not know the end result to David Wright's injury woes and continues to hear it for a lack of that answer. Even without an answer on Wright, the Mets will soon be getting Daniel Murphy back to help the offense a little. The defense has been realigned with Rubin Tejada moving back to shortstop and Wilmer Flores going to second base, so Murphy will get the call to play his original position of third base.
Alderson also commented on making a move that counts rather than making several lesser moves to improve his club.
What has been heard so far is that Niese's name keeps popping up on the rumor reports. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Niese has two teams interested in him. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs are believed to be in the mix for the left-hander.
The Cubs have an abundance of young infielders, and, possibly, Javier Baez comes into play for the Mets to consider. Both of these teams might also be in play for Philadelphia Phillies' ace Cole Hamels, of whom it is believed will be traded before the deadline. Therefore, Niese can be a fallback option for one of them.
Another report comes out of Boston, where Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports two unanimous baseball executives saying the Mets remain the best match for Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with Matz. Of course, with Matz's performance Sunday and all of Tulo's previous injury ailments and hefty salary attached to him, he would have to make the Mets a little leery. Tulowitzki is currently batting .313 with 8 HR and 41 RBI and would make the Mets lineup better, but the price might be out of the Mets' league.
The most logical candidates to be traded from the Mets could be Colon, Niese, and Dillon Gee, who is sitting in purgatory in the Minors after getting designated for assignment. They all have decent-sized salaries attached to them. The Mets also have Rafael Montero, who is coming off an injury and could be trade bait as well.
The Mets and their fan base know all too well that with all their pitching riches, the Mets have to correct their offensive woes. Is Murphy enough to get them back on track, or is there a trade on the horizon that could help propel the Mets into the play-offs?
It all remains to be seen in Flushing.