New York Mets: Three predictions for the month of January
By Tim Boyle
Mets make a trade but maybe not any we expected
Finally, the Mets spend the 31 days of January talking trades with other teams. I am going to predict they do make one this month, but maybe not for one of the deals we expected.
Several star players have been linked to the Mets this offseason. Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, and just about every player either near free agency or on a big contract have been written about in relation to the Mets. Those trade rumors may still flutter, but in January, the only “major” deal they execute is one nobody really expected.
Maybe, instead of signing a free agent pitcher, New York pulls off a trade for one. Even though some teams appear like buyers right now, things may change depending on the state of the world in the coming weeks. We still don’t know for sure how many MLB games there will be or when it starts. One decision can alter an organization’s plans completely.
It would seem the Mets are still facing a potential roster crunch with position players. It gets even tougher with Springer added to the ball club. The same trade candidates remain. I would also look at the team’s bullpen and how many out-of-option arms they have there already. Add in yet another reliever, suddenly they may need to look to send someone to another city.
January isn’t the final month to overhaul their roster completely. I think this February will also have a lot of movement for teams looking to shed salaries or improve their chances.
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