The top target for the blue and orange was Yoshinobu Yamamoto, but after a long negotiation and multiple meetings, the 25-year-old signed with the Dodgers on a 12-year deal worth $325 million.
The Mets still need another top-of-the-rotation arm but do not appear to be in discussions for one of the top starters available via trade.
The Mets are not discussing a trade for Dylan Cease
Cease is coming off a down year in 2023, pitching 177 innings across 33 starts, which led the American League to a 4.58 ERA with a 1.418 WHIP and 214 strikeouts.
The Georgia native was stellar in 2022, finishing second in the American League Cy-Young Award race and finishing top 22 in the American League MVP voting.
Cease pitched 184 innings across 32 starts to a 2.20 ERA with a 1.109 WHIP and 227 strikeouts.
The 28-year-old is under team control through the 2025 campaign.
What does this mean for the Mets?
Not being in the Cease sweepstakes makes a ton of sense for the blue and orange.
Steve Cohen has frequently stated that the team’s plan is to compete in 2025, so it wouldn’t make sense to gut a recently rebuilt farm system for what would be a win-now move.
In addition, with Cease coming off the season he just had, it feels like too much of a risk for the Mets to give up high prospects for a guy who just massively underperformed.
Hopefully, for the Flushing Faithful, the Mets rotation can surprise folks in 2024 before getting a massive upgrade via free agency in 2025.