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Mets: Five players likely to get traded prior to July 31st deadline

By Chris Rocco
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /
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#4 – Wilmer Flores

Oh, Wilmer. No Mets fans want Wilmer Flores to go, but the reality is it’s very possible that he does. Whether it’s his recent play or Dominic Smith‘s minor wrist injury, Flores has been getting a lot of playing time lately and succeeding in doing so.

If shipped out of New York, Flores would provide a veteran presence and valuable flexibility. Flores has the ability to play at every infield position and would be a very controllable asset, as his contract is up following the 2019 season.

Thus far in 2018, Flores has a slashing line of .264/.323/.460. He has 7 home runs and a total of twenty extra-base hits. Not to mention, he is also the king of walk-offs. Flores leads all current Mets players with 9 walk-off knocks (As of 6/5).

Flores could be particularly valuable to a team in the American League since he can be used in the designated hitter spot. He is coming off a series against the Toronto Blue Jays where he hit in the DH spot for the Mets and went 3-8.

Since it doesn’t make a lot of sense that Flores is starting over Smith at first base, it’s very possible that the Mets are showcasing him for a potential trade.

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