Zack Scott says Mets are open to trading for starters: 'The more you can add, the better'

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Zack Scott looking to the side at Citi Field, pink shirt
Zack Scott looking to the side at Citi Field, pink shirt

With the lower half of the Mets' starting rotation getting a bit faulty as of late and questions about when Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard will return, GM Zack Scott said the team is open to trading for starters ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

Scott gave an update on the status of Carrasco and Syndergaard on Friday, and based on those answers, it seems like the Mets are looking to add more arms.

"Having those two guys, one maybe ready before the deadline, one won't be ready before the deadline, so obviously that's going to influence what we're looking at right now," Scott said. "Starting pitching depth is always something I feel like every deadline of my career we've been looking for that. So yeah, that definitely contributes to how we're thinking about it.

"The more you can add, the better ... We'll know more by the time that there's a realistic opportunity."

Scott said it's hard to say how much prospect capital he'd be willing to dangle at the deadline, but it's going to likely be the most obvious need for the team as it approaches as well.

"Hopefully we have some guys step up, obviously we've had three guys (Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker) be really reliable," Scott said.

After that trio, things have gotten tricky with David Peterson lately, with the lefty's ERA ballooning up to 6.32 after his two latest starts.

Joey Lucchesi has had his moments but may end up being better suited to coming out of the bullpen, and Jordan Yamamoto is on the IL.

With the Mets in first in the NL East and seriously looking to contend this fall, securing a solid starter or two at the end of their rotation could be the key to their success