It’s March and already we’re talking New York Mets trade deadline needs. Of course, nobody knows exactly what it is the club will need most. Anything can happen between now and the end of July.
Assuming the club is living up to expectations and contending, we can make some assumptions. The Mets are imperfect. This summer, they will need to make some moves to improve their World Series chances.
Jumping through the first half and all the way to the 2021 trade deadline at the end of July, these three areas will probably need to be addressed.
Mets will need some bullpen help at the trade deadline
I cannot imagine any possible scenario where the Mets are winning baseball games this summer and don’t need a single upgrade in the bullpen. If there’s one role on the roster I would immediately want to see them improve, it’s their relief pitchers.
The trade deadline and trades for relievers are common for a lot of teams. It’s hard to build a successful bullpen. Relief pitchers are the most unpredictable of any position in the game.
Even if Edwin Diaz is elite, Trevor May lives up to his contract, and we get any type of success from Dellin Betances or Jeurys Familia, the Mets are doing to shop for another arm.
The thing about trade deadline shopping for relievers is that they aren’t always the most well-known guys. Every year, there are pitchers that get hot and suddenly become the hot trade target. We should expect the Mets to be in on those guys as well as any available star relievers.