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NY Mets: 3 Kris Bryant trade alternatives who can swat home runs

Jul 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) bats against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 2, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Jonathan Schoop (7) during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NY Mets slugger trade target: Jonathan Schoop

Jonathan Schoop isn’t one of the first names you probably think of when you see the word slugger. Yet another guy who has ties with Minnesota, Schoop has had an underrated career as far as home runs are concerned.

Schoop is hitting home runs at a nice pace for the going-nowhere Detroit Tigers this season. As someone with a career average of 27 per 162 games, Schoop would be a welcomed addition to the Mets lineup.

Unlike Donaldson and Escobar, it’s not third base where we’d see him primarily play. Capable of it, second base is Schoop’s main spot on the diamond.

Acquiring Schoop means moving Jeff McNeil elsewhere—likely third base for a good chunk of his playing time. Whatever major move the Mets may make this month to add a big time slugger to the roster probably means someone sits or ends up in a platoon/rotation situation. Schoop could be a right-handed option on the infield for the club and provide them with a little more balance.

Maybe the best part of a trade involving Schoop is how affordable he might be. Another soon-to-be free agent, the Tigers need to get whatever they can for Schoop. I fully expect the Mets to turn over every stone this trade deadline to better the team. The one in Detroit has Schoop’s name on it.

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Do any of these sluggers interest you, Mets fans? Or are you fully Bryant or bust?

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