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Chicago Cubs – Steve Cishek

There’s no truly perfect trade candidate on the Chicago Cubs I believe the Mets could get. Relief pitcher Steve Cishek does strike me as the best. The experienced closer has only one year left remaining on his contract and could become a really good back of the bullpen option for the Mets in 2019.

Since debuting in 2010, Cishek has never finished a season with an ERA higher than 3.58. He’ll accomplish this again in 2018 in yet another productive year out of the bullpen.

Cincinnati Reds – Undetermined

The Cincinnati Reds may be one of the better trade partners for the Mets. They desperately need some starting pitching and have the offense to spare. Unless they’re about to spend big in the offseason, they’d be wise to sell high on several players.

The problem in this situation is that the Reds need far too much pitching where even the addition of Jacob deGrom won’t help them. Many of their position players are below 30, meaning they don’t have to rush a thing. Until they decide where Nick Senzel plays, it’s too hard to determine who the Reds should sell.

Milwaukee Brewers – Hernan Perez

Yet another team who could use a starting pitcher, the Milwaukee Brewers and Mets have the potential to make a blockbuster trade this winter. Unlike a deal one writer suggested, I’m not going so far to say they should swap Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo for Christian Yelich and Zach Davies.

Instead, a more realistic trade may involve the addition of infielder Hernan Perez. Certainly not a starter, he’s a right-handed hitter the Mets could look to as a backup to Jeff McNeil, Amed Rosario, and Todd Frazier. It’s a lighter yet savvy move to consider.

Pittsburgh Pirates – Josh Harrison

Josh Harrison might be one of my favorite trade targets for the Mets this winter. He’s the utility player they could use every day should they decide to. You can’t find many men as experienced in the outfield and infield as this guy.

As a veteran and experienced leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates, he’s the best the Bucs have to offer for a fair price. The Mets could certainly land him in a trade without selling the farm.

St. Louis Cardinals – Jedd Gyorko

It’s hard to understand what direction the St. Louis Cardinals are going in. They fired their manager this year and suddenly became a playoff contender. With depth just about everywhere, perhaps the best target on this ball club is infielder Jedd Gyorko.

I don’t necessarily like the move due to his eight-figure contract. Gyorko would, however, provide the Mets with an alternative to Todd Frazier. As a guy who can play second base and shortstop as well, the options are plentiful.