The first trade deadline with Steve Cohen’s deep and aggressive pockets. You’ll remember where you were for this one, New York Mets fans.
As tame as some of the moves the Mets have made under Cohen, the team has been ready to strike at whatever opportunity they had to improve the roster. While they didn’t always grab headlines in the offseason with their moves, the club is expected to at least do something major before the trade deadline.
They don’t need to get it perfect, but if that was their plan, these three moves would make for—as they say in Mortal Kombat—flawless victory.
A major bat, possibly at third base, is a huge win for the Mets
Kris Bryant. Kris Bryant. Kris Bryant. He’s the Marcia Brady of the 2021 MLB trade deadline. We hear his name constantly. Maybe if we say it three times he’ll appear in Flushing wearing a Mets uniform.
The Mets’ greatest trade deadline need may not be a bat, but it’s hard to get upset over the idea of doing so. The offense has struggled mightily this year and to get the level of offense a guy like Bryant could bring to the lineup may prevent the team from having those lengthy cold streaks we all got used to.
A blockbuster trade for a third baseman seems to be the main offensive addition the Mets could add. However, there remains a chance we see another spot upgraded. Second base could make sense with Jeff McNeil moving over for third base duties. Adam Frazier has similar positional flexibility as Bryant (more so, in fact) and could become a guy the Mets get all hot and heavy over.
Either way, adding a big power bat or a guy who can hit .300+ for them and boost the offense is essential to winning the trade deadline.