The New York Mets have a few issues with their current roster that they should consider correcting through a trade. These four players should become future targets.
One month into the 2019 campaign, it has become apparent that while the New York Mets made a lot of upgrades over the previous off-season and have finally found their franchise first baseman in Pete Alonso, they are still far from a complete team.
At the end of April, the Mets finished with a record of 15-14, with New York sitting in second place in the NL East.
As the season has progressed, New York has shown flashes of the team that it can be, but a few of their holes in the roster have been revealed as well. If the team hopes to be a contender in 2019, they will definitely need to play at a higher level than they currently are.
Thus far, key acquisitions such as Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano have underperformed expectations, and returning players such as Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to this point have failed to replicate their success from the previous year.
While it is still early in the season and is very possible that some of, if not all of those players will improve their game and perform at a higher level, the Mets still have a lot of other issues that need to be addressed as well.
The biggest worry for the Mets has by far been the pitching, namely Jason Vargas and the revolving door that is the team’s bullpen.
Vargas was a question mark going into the year, and while he has had some decent starts through the first month of the season, there have been some poor ones as well and he struggled to go deep into games.
While the starting pitching has had its ups and downs to begin 2019, the bullpen has by far been the most troubling part of the team. Through the month of April alone, the Mets used a total of 13 different relief pitchers, who have a combined ERA of 5.38.
While it is still early in the year, the Mets are losing a lot of games that a contending team ought to be winning, and these losses will likely come back to haunt New York towards the end of 2019 as they seek a playoff berth.
All of this should prompt them to consider making a trade sooner rather than later, so they are in a better spot to make a playoff run in 2019. These four players should become trade targets later this summer.