Following Saturday’s doubleheader against the Pittsburg Pirates, the New York Mets currently sit at a record of 47-39, 8 games over .500 and good enough for 1st place in the NL East.
While the Mets are a first place team, they only have a 4 game lead in the division, and the team does have a few holes to fill, particularly with many key hitters still struggling at the plate and a few holes in the starting rotation.
With the July 31st trade deadline less than 3 weeks away, the Mets are expected to actively be pursing a trade partner to help bolster the team as we head down the stretch, and as reported earlier this week, the Cubs have been sending scouts to scope out the Mets’ farm system.
Chicago is currently 3rd place in the NL Central, with a record under .500 and 8.5 games out of first place. With many of their key players set to be free agents following the season, they appear to be “sellers” at the deadline this season, and apparently view the Mets as a trade partner.
After looking at the Cubs roster, they have 3 ideal trade candidates the Mets should consider pursuing.
Granted, this is all just speculation, and it will take a few factors for the Mets to make a deal happen with Chicago.
The Cubs may have a high asking price for their talent, or another team may offer them more for a particular player, or even bring in a third team to help sweeten the deal. And of course, salary and pay roll is always a factor that is seldom talked about in trade negotiations.
However, assuming the Mets and Cubs can come to terms on a trade and adequate compensation, here are 3 players that New York should consider targeting in a trade package.