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NY Mets: Three way-too-early potential trade deadline targets

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 03: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on April 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 03: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on April 03, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 13: Manager Luis Rojas #19 of the New York Mets walks towards the pitchers mound to make a pitching change during the Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 13, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 13: Manager Luis Rojas #19 of the New York Mets walks towards the pitchers mound to make a pitching change during the Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches on March 13, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

So, the New York Mets are looking to contend right? Well, in order to make it in the National League, specifically in the NL East in 2021, the team is going to be needing to fire on all cylinders. In other words, they must be able to have reliable players at every single position.

The team has star pitchers in Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and others once healthy. New York also has a plethora of top sluggers such as Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith, and many more. They even have a handful of flamethrowers in the bullpen thanks to Edwin Diaz, Miguel Castro, and Seth Lugo once healthy.

Then again, take a look at the previous paragraph. Note how often the word “health” has come into play. At this point, is it really that surprising to see?

Even just a handful of games into the season, who might the New York Mets target at the trade deadline?

The New York Mets have been plagued by injuries year in and year out ever since rising from the ashes during the 2015 season. Every year it seems a starting pitcher has missed significant time, or a key bat has dealt with a lingering injury throughout a season.

Injuries are the Mets kryptonite, and this off-season, the team looked to address that. The Amazins added plenty of depth around the diamond and on the mound, putting them in a better position to win, even if player health becomes an issue.

However, if the Mets are serious about contending in 2021, they must act like it. They must adjust to any injury by acquiring reinforcements via trade. That being said, while it only may be a handful of games into the season, here are some players that could be welcomed to Queens by the trade deadline on July 31st…

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