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Mets: Three blockbuster trade targets to consider this offseason

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ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Centerfielder Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Centerfielder Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA – JULY 29: Potential New York Mets trade target Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox swings to hit a single against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning at Fenway Park on July 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New York Mets could look to make a big splash this offseason via blockbuster trade. Who could they look to land?

The New York Mets ended their 2019 season on a high note with Dominic Smith’s pinch-hit walk-off home run in the 9th inning which helped them defeat the Atlanta Braves. Despite going 45-29 post-All-Star Break and winning 86 games for the season, the Mets still fell short of Brodie Van Wagenen’s expectations and failed to make the playoffs for a third consecutive year.

With the emergence of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, surprising offensive contributions from J.D. Davis, and the development of Amed Rosario, the Mets have a young core of position players under team control and have the talent to compete in 2020.

Their starting staff is loaded from top to bottom; in 2019 the Mets’ 1-5 starters pitched in 154 out of 162 games. The staff showed the ability to stay healthy and while they must be ready for the potential departure of Zack Wheeler, the roster is strong enough to compete and had it not been for the disastrous season from the bullpen (most notably Edwin Díaz and Jeurys Familia), the Mets may have been playing in October.

With a few important acquisitions, the Mets have the potential to not only compete for a Wild Card spot but to make a run at a World Series.

Honorable Mention: OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

On paper, Mookie Betts is an ideal fit for the Mets. Betts has won Gold Glove awards in the outfield the past 3 seasons and would slide Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto to the corners. This would immediately bolster the outfield defense that ranked 13th in the National League in defensive runs saved (-21). J.D. Davis could slide back to third base and Betts’ MVP caliber bat would fit nicely in the lineup.

Betts would bring speed to the team, a dimension the Mets have lacked in recent years. Betts ranked among fourth among outfielders in WAR (6.8) and has hit at least 40 doubles/20 home runs for the fourth consecutive year. However, Betts is due for a pay raise, which could raise his 2020 salary from $27.7 million to close to $30 million.

The 27-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020 and unless the Mets can come to an extension agreement with Betts and his agent Scott Boras, it may not be worth the financial commitment when several Mets will earn more money through the arbitration process including Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, and Noah Syndergaard among others. This is not to mention that the Mets will be paying $53.5 million to Robinson Cano and Yoenis Cespedes in 2020.

The Red sox would ask for major league talent and top prospects. Dominic Smith would seem like an ideal trade candidate and Boston would most likely ask the Mets to part with one of their coveted shortstop prospects: Andres Gimenez and Ronny Mauricio. For a team that has traded three recent first-round draft picks since Van Wagenen took over, it may not be the best idea to take away from the already beaten-down farm system.

Betts has performed like an MVP the past four seasons with the Red Sox and while his time in Boston may be coming to an end, it is not very likely that he will find his way with the Mets. However, Brodie has surprised everyone in the past so a possible Betts trade shouldn’t be ruled out.

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