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What a Mets rebuild in the near future could potentially look like

By Allen Settle
MIAMI, FL - MAY 19: A detailed view of the batting helmet worn by Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 19, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 19: A detailed view of the batting helmet worn by Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 19, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 14: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets at bat against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

High-Value Hitters

Michael Conforto
The Destination: Cleveland Indians

It would be a massive upset if the Mets actually pulled the trigger on a deal involving Conforto. However, if the team did make the decision to part ways with their power hitter, the Cleveland Indians would be a great destination. Conforto would fit well in a lineup with Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor as Cleveland attempts to extend its window to win a World Series Championship.

Amed Rosario
The Destination: San Francisco Giants

At just 23 years old, Rosario is another player who is young enough to survive a rebuild without skewing the timeline. However, the presence of Andres Gimenez in the Mets’ farm system would allow the team to sell Rosario for the right price.

While a team like the Brewers could use help at shortstop, their priority seems to be pitching. This leaves the San Francisco Giants as an interesting fit for Rosario. The Giants attempted to start a rebuild this offseason by pursuing Bryce Harper. Their current SS (Brandon Crawford) is also 32 years old and ranks 34th in WAR at the position.

A move for Rosario could be the start of an overdue rebuild in the Bay area.

Brandon Nimmo
The Destination: Cincinnati Reds

Nimmo might be a candidate to remain with the Mets simply because of his poor start to 2019. The utility outfielder has lost his leadoff position in the batting order and is hitting a meager .200 on the season. His lackluster start would likely get to a low return.

However, if he is able to turn his season around and reestablish his value, Cincinnati would be an ideal fit. Despite playing in a tough NL Central, the Reds’ offseason aggressiveness showed they are trying to win now If they still hope to contend, an upgrade to their outfield would be the first place to start.

The unit as a whole has been underwhelming for most of the season. The injection of someone like Brandon Nimmo might be the spark both parties need.

Jeff McNeil
The Destination: Minnesota Twins

Both McNeil and the Twins have started the season on a blistering pace. McNeil has become one of the best hitters in baseball (with a .331 average thus far). The Twins, on the other hand, have started the season with a 32-16 record and have established themselves as the favorites in the AL Central.

While the Twins already have a super-utility player in Marwin Gonzalez, the addition of someone like McNeil would be huge! McNeil could take over as the primary third baseman, allowing Miguel Sano to shift to DH.

Dominic Smith
The Destination: Tampa Bay Rays

While Smith has played well in limited action for the Mets this season, the presence of Alonso makes him one of the team’s most expendable players. A move to the surprisingly hot Tampa Bay Rays could allow Smith to play on a regular basis while also providing a spark to the Rays as they try to capture the AL East pennant.

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