Five blockbuster Mets trades the team should consider this winter
Center Fielder Byron Buxton
Every offseason there is always a Major League player or two that gets traded as a change of scenery candidate, and this upcoming winter I can see Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton as one of those trade possibilities. The Mets have a problem in center field that they will be looking to solve this offseason, and it’s no sure bet they run Brandon Nimmo back out there who is a natural corner outfielder as a solution in 2021. Why not take a chance on the former 2nd overall pick in Byron Buxton?
The main issue with the 26-year old Buxton has always been health. Buxton has only played more than 100 games once in his entire big league career which was back in 2017. Nonetheless, when you watch Buxton play, he is one of the most dynamic players in all of baseball and a move away from Minnesota where he has failed to meet expectations and seems to have grown uncomfortable could do him a service.
There also have been a few rifts between Buxton and the Twins organization with the latest mini-controversy surrounding his benching in game two in the Wild Card Series against the Houston Astros. It would not be shocking at this point to see the Twins completely move on from their center fielder this offseason, and allow Buxton to start with a clean slate elsewhere.
Buxton who is a Gold Glove winner back in 2017 would upgrade the Mets defensively and could also provide them with a dynamic player who has yet to reach the full potential that made him the number two overall pick in the MLB Draft back in 2012. Buxton also is not a free agent until 2023 which would allow the Mets two full seasons of control.
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While this is purely speculation and there is no sure bet Buxton is available, if the Mets can buy low or include Buxton in part of another much larger trade with the Twins, or even as part of a multi-team trade they should absolutely explore the possibility as Buxton could provide a huge value if he can stay healthy.