Mets: Five possible trade partners

By Vincent Perricone
Jun 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) stands with his coaching staff on the field during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) stands with his coaching staff on the field during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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With the MLB Winter Meetings just around the corner, teams can solidify their identities with key additions.

Jun 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) stands with his coaching staff on the field during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 29, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) stands with his coaching staff on the field during the national anthem prior to their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

We’ve already spoken before about free agency and how signing the top players at a position doesn’t always translate to wins or production. This is the time where general managers really earn their money.

For good teams, it’s all about adding that particular piece that’ll fit the puzzle. For bad teams, it’s trying to dump salary or older players in return for prospects. Much like the lottery, “you never know.” But in the Mets position, one thing that gets overlooked is a possible trade.

We hear about free agency and who they should sign or who they can sign. But being able to execute a trade that could make you better might be a little more difficult. That being said, the Mets have pieces to deal in return for some MLB-ready talent. Guys that can come right in (whether it’s bullpen or outfield help) and help.

With that in mind, here are five teams I could see the Mets completing a deal with, if the correct opportunity presented itself.

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