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Rumor: Mets’ level of interest in Reds pitcher Tyler Mahle, revealed

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As there is now some attention being shifted over to this season’s MLB trade deadline, the New York Mets could look to bolster their starting pitching depth come Aug. 2.

For one, the New York Post’s Jon Heyman listed multiple players who may be on the move this season, including Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tyler Mahle.

Heyman lists Mahle as “another potential Giant,” although the Mets have “scouted” him.

The Mets have had to turn to the backend of their starting pitching rotation to lead the way as of late due to the flurry of injuries at the position. Both Max Scherzer (strained oblique) and Jacob deGrom (right shoulder) will at the least not feature for the current NL East leaders for the remainder of May due to their respective injuries. On the other hand, Tylor Megill is still on the injured list due to biceps inflammation.

The Reds parted ways with several veteran players over the offseason, but they opted to keep Mahle. Reds general manager Nick Krall added ahead of the season that he does not “see” the team moving Mahle, although a recent report did note that club officials are at the least now open to engaging in talks for such a possible trade.

Mahle has one more season under team control, as he will be arbitration-eligible for the 2023 campaign. He has so far logged a 5.23 ERA in 43.0 innings pitched this season.