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With the Winter Meetings over, what’s next for the Mets?

By Ethan Taylor

It was a hectic few days in San Diego, with a lot of trades and free agent signings during the Winter Meetings. For the Mets, not much changed. However, Sandy Alderson’s moves during the meetings will pave the way to what the rest of the offseason could look like.

The Mets’ largest needs coming into the offseason were to acquire a corner outfielder and a shortstop, find a second southpaw for the bullpen, and acquire a right-handed bench player to potentially use in a platoon with Lucas Duda. They found their corner outfielder in Michael Cuddyer early on.

On Wednesday, numerous reports suggested a potential Dillon Gee trade involving the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, or Colorado Rockies could happen before the meetings ended. However, Trade talks slowed and Gee is still a Met. Still, the expectation is that Gee will get dealt sooner rather than later. Dillon Gee’s trade value is probably not high enough to fill the shortstop need, but he could help the Mets acquire hitting depth, a lefty for the pen, or perhaps strengthen the farm system.

During the final day of the Winter Meetings, the Mets may have found their left handed reliever with the selection of Sean Gilmartin of the Minnesota Twins in the Rule 5 Draft. The right-handed hitter they were looking for was also acquired with the signing of John Mayberry, Jr.

It may not seem like it, but the Mets solved a few of their problems during the Winter Meetings. While their offseason checklist remains incomplete, they narrowed their needs down to acquiring a shortstop. Dillon Gee seems to be an option for many teams in need for pitching, and the Mets also possess other trade options such as Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Rafael Montero, and perhaps Noah Syndergaard if the club swings a deal for a true impact shortstop.

The most likely shortstop options for the Mets this winter via trade are Brad Miller or Chris Taylor of the Seattle Mariners. Although it’s unlikely, reports have thrown around Troy Tulowitzki’s name as well.

When it comes down to it, Sandy Alderson and the Mets have three more months to acquire a shortstop, and they certainly possess the prospects needed to make that trade happen.