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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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PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 18: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park on June 18, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 18: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during inter-league play at PNC Park on June 18, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

RHP Shane Greene, Atlanta Braves

The Mets’ bullpen was the team’s most glaring weakness in 2019, as it has been in recent seasons. Edwin Díaz and Jeurys Familia were unable to replicate past success and were a key reason the Mets missed the postseason. The bullpen blew 27 saves this season and allowed a staggering 288 earned runs in 2019.

The pen fared better during the team’s 45-29 second-half run but this was due in large part to the hesitance to pitch Edwin Díaz in big games. Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan were very good in 2019 and if Díaz and Familia can bounce back, the Mets have a nucleus to form a bullpen around. In order to fully contend, they will have to add to that nucleus.

While big-name free agents such as Dellin Betances could come into play, one name on the trade market who could help the Mets is Shane Greene. After spending five seasons with the Detroit Tigers, he was dealt to the Braves at the trade deadline for two mid-level prospects.

Greene made his first all-star team in 2019 and posted a 1.18 ERA before the trade deadline.  Greene didn’t fare as well in Atlanta; the right-hander allowed 11 earned runs over 24.2 innings and had an ERA+ of 114. Despite all this, Greene lowered his walk rate by 1 BB/9 (1.8 BB/9) with the Braves and showed the ability to throw off hitters with his sinker/slider combination.

Green is 30 years old and will earn $6.5 million in the final year of his contract. Greene wouldn’t come with too heavy of a price tag and could fill one of the holes in the Mets’ bullpen.

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