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Four more future Mets trade candidates to keep your eye on in 2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon listen to manager Mickey Callaway speak during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon listen to manager Mickey Callaway speak during a press conference before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 09: Mark Melancon #41 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on April 09, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /

Mark Melancon

Once one of the league’s premier closers, Mark Melancon has been displaced from that position since joining the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2017 season.

His first two years with the Giants were not as successful as years prior, as he missed time due to injury but still managed to put up solid numbers in his time with the club, as he has posted a 3.64 ERA over in 98 games.

For the 2019 season, he has posted a 3.29 ERA in 29 games for the Giants over 27.1 innings, giving up a total of 10 runs this season, 4 of which came against the Mets in early June.

The San Francisco Giants currently are in 5th place in the NL West and face heavy competition in their division, so it is unlikely that they will be competitive this season, meaning that they are going to be sellers at the deal line, with Melancon being one of their biggest chips to trade.

His ERA for this season is currently lower than any Mets relief pitcher other than Seth Lugo, and he would be a welcome addition to struggling and injury-plagued bullpen, which currently ranks 24th in the league with a 5.05 team ERA.

The only big obstacle preventing this deal from being done would be Melancon’s contract, as he is still signed for the 2020 season and will be owed $14 million for the year, but if San Francisco were willing to take on some of the salary in return for better prospects, this type of trade could help re-solidify the bullpen.

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