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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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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – MARCH 19: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets singles in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game at Clover Park on March 19, 2021 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – MARCH 19: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets singles in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a spring training game at Clover Park on March 19, 2021 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Trade Block: Third Baseman J.D. Davis

As with any trade, the Mets are going to have to part with someone in return. After all, no team is just going to hand New York players like Gausman, Iglesias, or Bryant. Luckily, the Mets have a handful of possible trade chips.

Without a loaded farm system, the team is going to look at their depth on the 40-man roster and look to deal from there. And that is where the Mets could find themselves parting with fan-favorite J.D. Davis.

A former borderline major league player back with the Houston Astros, the versatile infielder/outfielder was traded to Queens during the 2019 off-season. There were not many expectations when he arrived, but whatever they were, he has blown them out of the water.

From 2019-2020, Davis hit 28 home runs, batted in 76 runs, all while hitting for just under a .290 average in 196 games. His offense has been fantastic for New York, though his defense has left a lot to be desired.

Davis has lined up all over, playing in the outfield and third base, but the loss of the designated hitter has hurt his outlook with the Mets. In his time with the team, he has accounted for an Rdrs of -29 in 152 games in the field.

At only 27-years-old and with team control until 2025, Davis is one of the team’s most attractive trade chips this season. That is unless his defense takes a dramatic upswing during the 2021 season.

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Ultimately, it has only been a few games into the 2021 season, and as MLB returns to a 162-game schedule, the Mets have plenty of time to get things on track. Nevertheless, it never hurts, especially with teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves gearing for the NL crown, to do everything possible to improve the team.

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