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NY Mets: 3 third base trade candidates to consider, 2 to avoid this winter

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres smiles as he comes off the field during a 11-9 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres smiles as he comes off the field during a 11-9 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets could look to find their next starting third baseman on the trade market this winter. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Third base has been a position of need for the New York Mets for a couple of years. Even with the growth of J.D. Davis, some good times with Jeff McNeil at the position, and even a couple of clutch hits from Todd Frazier, the position has been pretty much a revolving door.

After a decade with David Wright at the position, fans became accustomed to seeing the hot corner occupied by such a talented player. Even if it hasn’t always been the greatest position on many Mets rosters, everyone expects much more. This includes the front office that appears to be on the hunt for an upgrade this winter.

The Mets have a couple of things they can do at the position. One includes signing a player to a one-year deal for a temporary basis until Mark Vientos or Brett Baty is ready. If this doesn’t fit into what they want to do, the Mets could always go out and make a trade for a third baseman. And as luck would have it, there are a couple of players out there that could be available this winter

Manny Machado is a dream Mets trade candidate that won’t happen

Will the San Diego Padres choose Fernando Tatis Jr. over Manny Machado? Their dugout spat in September grabbed the baseball world’s attention. Instantly, they became the headliners on a meme.

Machado has grown up a lot in recent years. Back when he was a free agent, there were Mets fans who didn’t want him because of his attitude. Well, now he appears to be on the other side of the argument. And if the Padres are looking to separate from him, the Mets could be one of the teams that come calling.

Realistically, I would put this option alongside winning the lottery without buying a ticket. There’s no real sense of urgency for the Padres to trade Machado anywhere. Plus, unless the Mets pull a 180-degree turn, I can’t see them giving up the prospects to make it happen. Even if a large portion of the deal is to simply shed some salary, San Diego isn’t going to do so without getting something really nice back in return.

Don’t bet your family farm on him coming to Citi Field in anything other than a visiting team’s uniform in 2022.

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