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Aug 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; detailed view of the cap and glove of New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (not pictured) in the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; detailed view of the cap and glove of New York Mets shortstop Javier Baez (not pictured) in the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (11) hits an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Ramirez – 3B

Ramirez is a perfect fit on this Mets team. He can do it all. He’s got an elite bat, speed, and an outstanding glove. He’s a switch hitter and is only making $26 million dollars total in the next two seasons.

The only issue with Ramirez is he currently plays in Cleveland. This would mean the Mets would have to trade for him. While it’s definitely a long shot, I think it’s possible for the Mets to swing a deal for him.

Cleveland finished with an 80-82 record this season and seem to be entering a rebuild. They already traded Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets last offseason and are known for being cheap.

I think it’s pretty unlikely that they pay Ramirez when his contract expires so the ideal time to trade him would be when he has more than one year of team control.

Ramirez slashed .266/.355/.538 with 36 home runs and 103 RBI. His 137 WRC+ was seventh in the American League. Along with that, he possesses one of the better gloves in the game. He’s a Gold Glove finalist in the American League this season.

With his elite bat and glove already proven, Ramirez also stole 27 bases. Those 27 bases are almost double the 14 Jonathan Villar had which led the Mets.

Trading for Ramirez instead of signing someone like Kris Bryant allows the Mets to throw big money at other players playing other positions.

He’s a complete player the Mets would be very fortunate to acquire on very cheap money. I’d be comfortable giving up any prospect package that does not include Francisco Alvarez to acquire him.

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