The message couldn’t have been any clearer Tuesday night at Citi Field if the Delta Shuttle was towing a banner that spelled out, “TRADE FOR A STARTING PITCHER ASAP!”
Instead, the twice DFA’ed Jerad Eichoff had to be sacrificed to the Braves, who walloped him for three homers and 10 runs before he was mercifully pulled with one out in the fourth inning of the Mets’ eventual 12-5 loss.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Eichoff, who was re-signed (again) late Monday night. “It’s frustrating.”
Consider this rock bottom for the Mets, who were so desperate for pitching during this five-games series (in four days) they basically pulled the pin on Eichoff, lobbed him to the mound and ducked. Now the front office has work to do before Friday’s trade deadline, even with more healthy arms on the horizon.
Fortifying the rotation is a no-brainer. Same goes for the bullpen, where there’s always a seat for another shutdown reliever.
But among the ranks of the position players? That gets a little trickier when it comes to upgrades, especially for a first-place team that clearly has discovered a winning mojo through the first four months — along with an offense maybe creeping closer toward its potential.
Now that Max Scherzer is a no-go for Flushing, with a source saying Tuesday he wasn’t interested in playing for the Mets — Scherzer has the power to veto any potential deal — that could make them pivot…