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NY Mets top trade candidates at the start of the offseason

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 10: A detailed view of the Franklin batting gloves worn by Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets prior to a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 10, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 10: A detailed view of the Franklin batting gloves worn by Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets prior to a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 10, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets will make a trade this winter. I know it. You know it. The players on this list do, too.

Back in September, I assembled a list of the four Mets players most likely to get traded this winter. The year is now over and I’ve expanded this list with two times as many names. They are, in my opinion, the eight guys most likely to get shopped around this winter as the team looks to improve their roster.

It’s a sure thing that not all of them will be moved and even surer that someone not on it will get dealt. Stay tuned for a more updated list in the not-too-distant future when we get a better picture as to who the Mets could target this winter.

8) NY Mets trade candidate Edwin Diaz

It took me until late in 2021 to think of Edwin Diaz as a viable trade candidate for the Mets. His blown saves just seemed to grind a little harder as the rest of the team around him faltered as well.

He is my number eight pick on the trade block because of how unlikely it is for the Mets to actually trade him. That’s because the one scenario I see it making sense would require them to get a closer back in return. The options we could expect to be available are less talented, less costly, and some have more years of control left.

Diaz’s future with the Mets is incredibly uncertain. Set to reach free agency after the 2022 campaign, this upcoming year might be his last in Queens.

Many fans have been ready to drive Diaz to the airport for years with some willing to go as far as to use their own credit card points to fly him anywhere else. The front office, however, has shown a lot of trust in him. But for the right price, I don’t think they would hold onto him too tightly.

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