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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Nimmo #9 high fives Sam Haggerty #19, Todd Frazier #21, and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets after their 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Brandon Nimmo #9 high fives Sam Haggerty #19, Todd Frazier #21, and Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets after their 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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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)

Shop players, see what types of deals are out there

I love the fact that the Mets made a lot of trades last winter. In recent years, they haven’t done so. Most of their trades took place in the summer with any additions joining the club via free agency.

While many of Van Wagenen’s trades were terrible, we did see how well some can payoff. J.D. Davis has the kind of raw power you want in your everyday lineup. Another deal like this could help land the Mets a player they didn’t think they had any shot at.

Just because there are deals out there to make doesn’t mean BVW should agree to all that come along. He loves to make a big splash. Sometimes, though, you need to slowly slink into the pool from the ladder and not jump into the deep end.

I expect plenty of Mets players to get shopped this winter other than a handful of the core players. At the very least, this allows the front office to see what the other teams are thinking. If the Mets ultimately fail to pull off any trade, that’s cool, too. The deals you don’t make are often the best.

Spend as much as the Wilpons will let them

Neither of the Wilpons will wake up on Christmas Day and buy a goose for a poor family. This doesn’t mean they’ll remain misers this winter. It’s up to Brodie to convince them they need to spend as much as possible.

We shouldn’t get our hopes up too high. However, I can see the payroll go up a little more. Van Wagenen needs to push this issue and force them to pay whatever it takes to build the best roster.

It’s always easy to tell someone to spend money that isn’t yours. Visit enough Go Fund Me pages and you’ll understand.

After years of building a reputation as frugal and meddling, it’s time for the Wilpons to shock us all and open up the vaults.

More importantly, they need to spend this money wisely.

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