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Three Mets most likely to get traded before Opening Day

DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrates a first inning run scored with Dominic Smith #22 at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX – JULY 10: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics has words with home plate umpire David Rackley #86 after he was called out on strikes in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Jed Lowrie

If you asked me months ago what happens with Jed Lowrie in 2020, I wouldn’t have thought about a trade. His $10 million contract for the upcoming season puts a bad taste in my mouth. The Mets have reportedly shopped him this winter, though, and even the Oakland Athletics have shown some slight interest.

There is, of course, a major caveat. The Mets would need to eat a portion of Lowrie’s salary.

Alternatively, they could pair Lowrie with a more desirable trade chip such as Dominic Smith. I don’t like it. I’m also not the one signing the checks, making the hard decisions, or getting blasted on the Internet for how I’m handling the team.

I do have some hope the Mets find a way to trade Lowrie. He’s a poor fit for a team with plenty of infielders. If they could somehow shed his salary, there’s a chance they can land a free agent or maybe even make a separate trade.

The American League seems like a logical landing spot for Lowrie thanks to the existence of the DH. He’s now in his mid-30s, likely setting up for more innings as an offense-exclusive player. Never a dazzling defender, this is the ideal situation for him.

The Mets don’t have to trade Lowrie. As a backup infielder, he’s not a bad option to have around. This late into the offseason, trading him feels more about saving a few bucks than it does freeing up payroll to go out and make another move.

Mets fans have no attachment to Lowrie. I don’t think anyone will shed a tear if he’s traded. Unlike the other men on this list, he’s someone we could see Van Wagenen move without much regret.

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