MLB Trade Rumors: Mets 'probably' could have traded J.D. Davis for Lance Lynn last offseason

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Sometimes, the best trades are the ones that you should have made.

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Mike Puma of The New York Post said Wednesday that he heard that the Mets could have traded for then-Texas Rangers righty Lance Lynn at what would have been a shockingly-low price:

While the Mets failed to capitalize on Lynn's availability, the Chicago White Sox pounced, landing him in December for two young pitchers. In his first season in Chicago, Lynn made his second All-Star team, and has posted a 2.72 ERA, 3.34 FIP and 4.0 fWAR across 152 innings. The 34-year-old signed a two-year/$38 million extension with the White Sox in July, a pact that includes an $18 million club option for 2024.

Meanwhile, Davis has been impressive in 73 games for the Mets this season, slashing .285/.384/.436 with five home runs and 23 RBIs, but certainly not good enough that most executives wouldn't trade him in a heartbeat for a frontline starter.

Had the Mets acquired Lynn, they would have also had to reach an extension to keep him in Queens beyond 2021, but the deal he reached with the White Sox is more than fair. In hindsight, the Mets would love to have Lynn locked up for two more years given that both Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman can become free agents this offseason.

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