You gotta give to get. If the Castillo deal has inflated the value of someone like Mahle, then walk away. But they may well still be able to get Thor or Quintana, neither of whom are a clear upgrade (but could be). If you think Quintana can continue to pitch as he has (and in the playoffs) or you value Thor's track record (and don't worry about his health/innings) they could both look pretty good.
Teams that have talked to the
say they've backed off on bullpen and are shopping for a starter who can start a playoff game.— Jayson Stark (
) July 31, 2022
They've been in on Syndergaard & Mahle. I've heard them connected to Quintana, but like last year, Dave Dombrowski values control over rentals
Bullpen thing possibly makes sense (but also doesn't mean they won't end up getting someone). As far as replacing Familia goes, either Coonrod or Appel (who is only up temporarily now) could and there are also younger guys you might hope to help (like Miller now moving up the depth chart with Romero gone, and Sheriff is still on the 60-day).