Four Major League Baseball teams lost 100 or more games in 2021. None were exactly surprises. All began the year with low expectations and became midseason sellers. While the New York Mets fought to finish above .500, these four ball clubs punted the season entirely.
None of these four look like serious contenders in 2022 but they could speed up their timeline by making a trade or two with better teams—like the Mets.
From each of the four 100-loss teams, I found one trade candidate for the blue and orange to target. They fill a variety of needs. At the right price, each could be available.
Mets trade target on the Pirates: Bryan Reynolds
Now three seasons into his MLB career, Bryan Reynolds is tracking toward becoming one of the better center fielders in baseball. He was an All-Star in 2021 and went on to finish the year with a .302/.390/.522 slash line complete with a league-best 8 triples plus 24 home runs and 90 RBI.
On a very bad Pittsburgh Pirates club, he was one of the bright spots this past season. An obvious fit for the Mets in their outfield next season, the big question with him would be just how available he is.
Reynolds is making league minimum and isn’t a burden whatsoever on the low Pittsburgh payroll. In order to raid the Pirates’ roster and acquire him, the Mets would need to pay a steep price.
Adding Reynolds would be a great move but probably the only trade the Mets are capable of pulling off this winter with a huge impact. Is he proven enough to give up something major to acquire? I’m not so sure about that.
Reynolds should remain a huge trade candidate all winter long and even into the season as the Pirates continue to try and build with a rather poor team. Probably not on the move just yet, maybe we can keep tabs on him and see how things unfold in the near future. He can do a little bit of everything and could eventually become one of the hot stove’s headliners.