New York Mets scout reliever David Robertson

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The New York Mets are expected to be on the hunt for a high-leverage relief pitcher before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

One potential trade target the Mets have scouted is a veteran reliever, source says David Robertson.

Depending on the cost, the right-hander could be a realistic deadline option for the Mets, given his expiring contract. The possible addition of Robertson would be a significant late-inning boost for the team’s bullpen, which posted a solid 3.53 ERA this season as a group (11th-best in MLB).

MLB insider Mark Feinsand of MLB.com recently identified Robertson as a potential candidate in Queens, while also identifying the bullpen as the Mets’ biggest need.

“The Mets roster is among the best in the game, and while the bullpen has been good this season, the addition of another high-leverage arm makes sense. GM Billy Epler is quite familiar with David Robertson from their time with the Yankees, and the right-hander’s experience in New York — and in the playoffs — should be attractive to the Mets. »

Robertson began his career with the Yankees (2008-2014), in which he helped the Bronx Bombers win their last World Series title in 2009. Coincidentally, Robertson was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 as Eppler was the director of scouting for the organization. Eppler was managing director by Brian Cashman best lieutenant as an assistant GM in Robertson’s last three seasons in the Bronx as well.

Robertson missed most of 2019 and the entire pandemic-shortened 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery. He returned to make 12 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2021, and now looks rejuvenated with the Chicago Cubs this year.

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Robertson, 37, is having a rebound year for the rebuilding Cubs, where he posted a 1.89 ERA and 12 saves. The right-hander struck out 45 in 33 1/3 innings, while producing a .960 WHIP.

Put closer Edwin Diaz is preparing for an elite campaign, where he struck out 66 in 33 1/3 innings, while posting a 1.89 ERA and 18 saves in 21 opportunities. If the Mets add Robertson, as well as the expected late July return of Trevor MayNew York would have a more stable bridge to Diaz in the ninth inning.

Beyond Robertson, the Mets are likely to target relievers on deals expiring before the deadline, which could include players like the Detroit Tigers left-hander Andre Chafin (player option 2023), given the need for another southpaw in their bullpen.

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