These trades show that the Mets are still in win-now mode, and they believe the 2020 postseason is still in reach despite a 15-20 record with only one month left to play. But what do these players have to offer for the Mets next season?
Let’s take a look at whether or not these three acquisitions will have an impact next season and potentially beyond:
He was a fan favorite with some memorable moments in his two seasons with the Mets, in particular his game-tying, three-run blast in the ninth inning back on Aug. 9, 2019 against the Nationals at Citi Field.
Though he brings energy and leadership to the team, Frazier just has too many key Mets pieces in his way.
Castro is a sinker-baller that throws gas, averaging 97.5 mph on the pitch. He also features a tight slider with a changeup to round out his repertoire on the mound. He’s been hit hard this season (92.4 average exit velocity on balls in play is bottom six percent in MLB), but his strikeout rate is through the roof at 34.3 percent (top nine percent in the league).
Oh, and he is under team control for the next two seasons.
So, Castro has the opportunity to not only be an impact bullpen arm for 2021, but 2022 as well. And he’s only 25 years old at the moment, so this could turn out to be a nice trade for Van Wagenen depending on how he performs.
Castro, then, could perform well enough for the Mets to think he is the better, younger option to take over that role. Betances turns 33 next March. Either way, Castro can be a quality arm out of the bullpen next season, and possibly beyond.
The Mets didn’t bring Chirinos in for his bat, but rather his defensive skills. He’s always been a solid backup for most of his career, though he played in 113 games with Texas and 114 games with the Houston Astros in 2018 and 2019 respectively. He has good framing rates, especially on the outside part of the plate, and he’s a reliable blocker as well.