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Mets Trade Proposals: A deal for each of the upcoming free agents

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 26: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets is greeted in the dugout by his teammates after leaving a game against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 26: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets is greeted in the dugout by his teammates after leaving a game against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning at Citi Field on May 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MAY 04: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets tosses the ball to first base in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 04, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Trade Proposal One: Zack Wheeler to Houston

First, the Mets should send Zack Wheeler to Houston for CF Myles Straw and their No. 19 prospect RHP Brandon Bielak.

This deal would tick several boxes for the Mets, as it would help them win now while also restocking their depleted farm-system, which General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen has stated his desire on numerous occasions to win both now and in the future.

"“We have a core from which we can compete, and we’ll look at our moves with both win now or certainly win in 2020 [mindset] and looking beyond that.”"

Currently in his first full MLB season, Straw (24-years-old) would provide stability to the Mets dysfunctional outfield situation. Acquiring this young and talented centerfielder would also help cushion the blow of the now infamous Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano trade (and what has turned out to be Van Wagenen’s disastrous offseason deal) by filling the vacancy left behind by their top outfielder prospect, Jarred Kelenic who was sent to Seattle as part of this flawed deal.

More importantly, it would also mean that the Mets actually get something for Wheeler whom they are unlikely to re-sign in the offseason. Although it always remains a possibility that they could deal Wheeler to the first-place Astros and then look to re-sign him in the offseason, like they did with Jeurys Familia last year, I highly doubt that the historically frugal Mets will pull that trigger.

Trade Proposal Two: Todd Frazier to Oakland

Next, the Mets should send Todd Frazier and their No. 21 prospect RHP Ryder Ryan to Oakland for their No. 13 prospect, OF Luis Barrera and a player to be named later.

This deal would make sense for both teams, as it would not only reunite Frazier and Ryan with former Mets GM, Sandy Alderson who signed both players during his tenure in New York, but it would also help solidify the future plans by getting the 23-year-old outfielder, Barrera, and possibly more in the form of relief pitching.

This deal would also make sense for the A’s who are currently in the wild card race and facing a distant divisional race behind the Astros. Frazier’s hot bat has emerged at an opportune time, both for the Mets looking to trade expiring contracts, and the A’s who are looking to buy. Frazier could be a productive addition to a postseason contender in need of bench depth and a solid right-handed bat.

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