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Three Mets offseason predictions for the month of January

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced as manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced as manager of the New York Mets during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran talks after being introduced by New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, right, during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

It’s a new year and a new month to make some predictions for the New York Mets. What will this team do in January 2020?

January marks the start of a new year. For baseball fans, it means the season is yet another month closer. For me, it means a chance to make some new predictions about the New York Mets for the month.

My predictions all came true in November, but in December, I went just one for three. Sure, this puts me in the Hall of Fame if I was a position player. As far as predictions go, it’s not such a good look.

I still do think the Mets will trade Dominic Smith and believe they’ll upgrade the backup catcher spot. I thought December was the month to make it happen. I guess we’ll just have to wait.

For the sake of just not repeating myself, I’ll go out on a limb and head in a different direction with my January Mets predictions. The ones I missed last month are off the board. Along with those, these are three things I expect the Mets to do in January.

Mets make an unexpected trade

Last January, the Mets made a pair of trades I’m not sure anyone saw coming. Keon Broxton came over from the Milwaukee Brewers and J.D. Davis landed in Flushing through a deal with the Houston Astros.

The outcome of these two trades couldn’t have varied more. Broxton was designated for assignment in the first half while Davis became an everyday player and folk hero.

There are a variety of positions the Mets could still upgrade. They could use another bullpen arm, a backup catcher, and even a starting center fielder. Since this is an unexpected trade, I would disqualify any deal for Starling Marte here.

The magnitude of the trade may not be great. Let’s think it may be closer to this offseason’s Jake Marisnick trade than anything else.

Brodie Van Wagenen made a lot of moves in January of 2019. I don’t think there’s any reason to believe he will rest this year.

If he really wants to shock us, Steven Matz or Marcus Stroman ends up in a new uniform.

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