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NY Mets Monday Morning GM: The perfect trade situation

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Dominic Smith #2 and J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates Smith"u2019s game-winning walk off single in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on June 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-1 (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 25: Dominic Smith #2 and J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates Smith"u2019s game-winning walk off single in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during game one of a doubleheader at Citi Field on June 25, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-1 (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The unattainable types of players for the Mets to look for

Under Steve Cohen, the Mets have yet to take on any huge contracts signed with other teams. Frankly, they didn’t have much room under the luxury tax to do so. There’s a question remaining about whether or not they’d be able to at all in 2022 with Robinson Cano’s salary added back onto the books.

Outside of the money, there are plenty of other unattainable players for the Mets to target in the perfect trade. Anyone who first fits with what the Mets need but is on a team going nowhere would make sense for them.

To put it another way: find a superstar player on a really bad team and trade him for several quality major leaguers.

Those types of trades just don’t happen in baseball, particularly in the winter months. When superstars are traded it is generally for one or two purposes. There are deals where you clear salary and take back whatever you want. Then there’s the more familiar one where you see a star player traded to another team for some superb prospects. The Mets have balked at tearing apart their farm system in any way since the current regime took over. Add in the payroll situation and it’s probably not going to happen.

Theoretically, the Mets could still pull off this impossible perfect trade. It’s a very NBA-style deal where salaries have to match closely enough and the number of people involved is plentiful.

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