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NY Mets: Breaking down MLB Trade Rumors’ free agent predictions

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Jonathan Villar #1 of the New York Mets is congratulated by Marcus Stroman #0 after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a game at Citi Field on September 2, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 02: Jonathan Villar #1 of the New York Mets is congratulated by Marcus Stroman #0 after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a game at Citi Field on September 2, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Sep 12, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Starling Marte (2) tosses his glove during the fifth inning against the Texas Rangers at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Players with at least 1 of the 3 MLBTR writers predicting they sign with the Mets: 5

There are five players that had at least one of the three experts believing they will end up with the Mets next season. These players include Kris Bryant, Starling Marte, Anthony DeSclafani, Kyle Seager, and Jonathan Villar. Obviously, all five won’t suit up for the club next season. A combination of any two is a nice start, particularly if one is Bryant or Marte.

Bryant and Marte are two names you should hear and see plenty relating to the Mets this winter. Bryant fills their third base need and is also a possible corner outfield solution. Marte can still play a good center field but is also a potential Michael Conforto replacement in right field or an upgrade over in left field.

The other three names that had a single nod from the MLBTR staff aren’t nearly as exciting. DeSclafani had a fine year with the San Francisco Giants but he hardly moves the needle for me. Seager is a short-term rental that I can live with if other pieces around him are improved. The same could be said about Villar, however, I’m not so sure I like the idea of him coming in as a starter on Opening Day—the only way I see him re-signing with the Mets.

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