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Three Mets offseason predictions for the month of December

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 21: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets and Tomas Nido #3 celebrate their 5-4 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 21: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets and Tomas Nido #3 celebrate their 5-4 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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The best reliever they get joins the roster

December won’t be all about an underwhelming free agent catcher signing or the end of Dominic Smith. The Mets will do something all fans agree with. They’re going to spend money on improving the bullpen.

Ahead of the holidays, I’m predicting the Mets make their biggest free agent splash of the offseason. They’re going to sign a reliever and for good money.

Who will it be? You’re asking the wrong person. But I will say a few names could include Dellin Betances, Jake Diekman, and Will Harris.

In addition to these free agent options, it’s always possible the Mets find a star via trade. Narrowing down that market is a bit tougher. I could absolutely see them swapping a minor leaguer for a veteran arm. The other obvious option is to target a reliever in a trade involving Dom Smith.

However they do it, the best reliever they can land this winter will arrive in December.

Fortunate or not, the Mets managed to land Edwin Diaz last winter in a blockbuster trade. I won’t predict something so bold this December. Instead, a slightly overpaid arm in his 30s on a team looking to shed some salary is far more viable than the top closer in the game. Last winter’s trade with the Seattle Mariners hopefully put Brodie Van Wagenen on alert.

Rumblings will continue this month regarding possible trades the team could make to find a new center fielder. Because the market in free agency is so slim and many big trades wait until January, I see attention going on their greatest need, the bullpen. If there’s one area they spend on, it’s here.

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