The Mets made their first big move since the deadline ended, acquiring Chris Bassitt from the Oakland A’s in exchange for minor leaguers J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller. Bassitt, an all-star in 2021, is expected to be the final piece to a Mets rotation that is among the best in baseball. The Athletics, however, have begun their rebuild by acquiring two arms for the future.
Bassitt to Mets
The addition of Chris Bassitt rounds out a Mets rotation that may be the best in baseball. Spearheaded by the two-headed monster of Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt will fill in the third spot in the rotation. Bassitt finished last season with a 12-4 record and a 3.15 ERA in 27 games. Bassitt was an all-star, and arguably the ace of the Athletics staff in 2021. Over the last three seasons, Bassitt has been as consistent as any pitcher in baseball. Taking a look around the league, Bassitt may become the best #3 starter in all of baseball. Though the Mets do not currently have a left-hander in the rotation, the addition of Bassitt improves the Mets rotation and makes them a very dangerous team come October.
Ginn, Oller to A’s
The Athletics return for Bassitt was the start of a rebuild for the A’s, as they acquired 2 minor league arms in J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller. Ginn, a second-round pick for the Mets in 2020, is just recently coming off of Tommy John surgery. Ginn was known as a hard-throwing prospect before the surgery, and though his ceiling is still high, he has taken a small step back from when he was drafted. Oller, 27, was brought to the Mets in the 2019 minor league Rule 5 draft. Oller was the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2021 and is a solid piece going back to Oakland.
All in all, this trade was a win for both sides. The A’s got a solid piece in a rebuild of their minor league system. With talks of Matt Olson being traded, the A’s are headed in a clear direction, and this move is just the beginning. The Mets acquired the pitcher they were looking for and rounded out a rotation that no team is going to want to see in a playoff series.
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