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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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Jul 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) hits his second two run home run of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1) NY Mets trade candidate J.D. Davis

The most tradable of players on the Mets roster is J.D. Davis. It’s hands-down. From the moment he arrived in New York, it seemed like he fit in poorly with what the team needed on the defensive side of things.

Much like Smith, Davis produced well enough at the plate to look the other way. Nonetheless, he was a trade candidate after his breakthrough 2019 season and again last winter. Never able to earn enough faith at any one single position, Davis has bounced around between third base and left field. The team’s interest in improving their defense has turned him into a bit of a black sheep. He started far fewer games when healthy this past season and probably won’t start another for the Mets.

The issue with Davis is that he’s probably limited to a DH role. How many teams, even if the National League adopts the DH, want a guy so limited with a glove and some questionable offensive numbers?

The Mets’ chance to sell Davis high came right after 2019. However, it didn’t quite make sense when it appeared he could hit .300+ with 25+ home runs if given a full-time role.

Davis was still a good hitter at times in 2021. Ultimately, his biggest flaw was his romance with the IL. Davis missed significant time. Whenever he did get back onto the field, he would go hot or cold to extremes.

Those nights of calling 877-RUNS-NOW are over for Davis—at least in a Mets uniform.

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