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NY Mets are three moves away from checkmating the rest of MLB

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 19: A detailed view of the bat wieghts of the New York Mets in the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 19: A detailed view of the bat wieghts of the New York Mets in the on-deck circle against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on July 19, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Sep 12, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) scores a run in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Sign J.T. Realmuto or James McCann, either one is an improvement

Finally, all the Mets have left to do is sign their catcher. Easily the biggest priority of all because of what they lack at the position, they can ink J.T. Realmuto or James McCann to a deal and call it a day.

Realmuto and McCann each bring something different to the diamond. Realmuto is a top all-around catcher and someone that could put the Mets over the top. McCann, on the other hand, is a good defender whose bat I question because of its inconsistency throughout his career. Still, I’ll take him.

Signing either of these two improves the team’s catcher situation. It’s as simple as that.

The Mets still have room for improvement at other positions. A little more depth for the minor leagues, maybe adding another reliever, and potentially creating some competition on the bench are all considerations. In fact, the club probably should look at all of those ideas.

However, if the Mets had to settle for three final moves, I think these are enough to get to the other side of the chessboard. Springer single-handedly reshapes the defensive alignment while also giving them a nice right-handed stick. Bauer makes their rotation one of the best in baseball just by pushing everyone else back a spot. Any upgrade at catcher whatsoever with a guy that can defend and hit is an improvement the Amazins could use.

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The most amazing thing about all of this is these three moves are entirely realistic. I’m not proposing a blockbuster trade or asking the team to sign someone the owner cannot afford. Money is no problem for Steve Cohen. All it will take is his willingness, some negotiating, and a pen and paper before the Mets can call checkmate.

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