The New York Mets have to get better by making smart trades this winter. From each offensive position, here are some realistic targets.
Maybe the problem for the New York Mets is their unwillingness to make a bold trade. When was the last time they swept us off our feet with a big deal in the offseason?
Honestly, I can’t even remember the last time they bought the fans flowers.
Most of this franchise’s recent notable trades have taken place in July or August as buyers or sellers. This winter, that needs to change.
One major flaw with the last offseason was how the Mets only added via free agency. Granted, the farm system was in the dumps. It has improved this year thanks to some good performances.
Given this, the Mets have a chance to bolster the roster in the traditional way: by making a trade. Long before free agency, this was the way you made your team better. It’s time the Mets go back to the roots of baseball.
Going position by position and eliminating pitchers because they don’t really need another anyway, I’ve narrowed down one guy from each to target. Many are well out of reach. Some need a few other dominoes to fall into place for it to have a puncher’s chance at happening.
Maybe best of all, there are guys out there who could fill more than one position. Who doesn’t like a deal like that?
What we should agree on is that the Mets need to try something different. Let’s not marry our prospects quite yet. Let’s see them be bold and go into win-now mode instead of rolling the dice on a better future or a guy past his prime.