Chicago Cubs Rumors: Phillies, Mets, Padres, Red Sox want Craig Kimbrel

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Chicago Cubs: Teams interested in Craig Kimbrel – 3. New York Mets

So, It’s no longer a secret the New York Mets are inquiring about the services of Kimbrel. The Mets now sit eight games above .500 at 53-45, 3 1/2 games up in the NL East. As stated above, they will be looking to strengthen the bullpen to help button things up on the back end of games. The Mets currently have a save percentage of 64 percent, converting just 29 of 45 attempts. With 16 blown saves, that 64% conversion percentage ranks just slightly above the league average of 61 percent.

Needless to say, adding an arm of Kimbrel’s stature would undoubtedly work wonders on that number. It’s hard to look at a potential return for Kimbrel from the Mets. New York has also been on the frontline in battle for Kris Bryant’s services as well.

Mets #2 prospect, Ronny Mauricio, has been discussed in regards to Bryant. At #50 overall, Mauricio currently has an MLB ETA of 2022. If that were the case, what could Hoyer hypothetically pull off if Kimbrel was going with him? Brett Baty, the Mets #4 prospect and #73 overall, is a third baseman also with an MLB ETA of 2022 and would make sense given the fact Bryant would need a replacement unless you permanently went with Patrick Wisdom moving forward.

Given the fact that the Mets have four prospects in the top 100, they could be an extremely suitable partner and it will be interesting to see what can come of all this.