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NY Mets: Ranking the top 10 trade targets this offseason

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Detail of the Nike shoes worn by Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: Detail of the Nike shoes worn by Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 12: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers during the eighth inning in game four of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on October 12, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – OCTOBER 12: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers during the eighth inning in game four of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on October 12, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

4) Josh Hader

The 2021 National League Reliever of the Year, Josh Hader, will be one of the most sought-after arms if the Milwaukee Brewers decide to trade him. The Mets’ bullpen could desperately use a guaranteed shutdown closer and Hader would fit the bill perfectly.

Since bursting onto the season in 2017, Hader has to put together some video game numbers while serving as a multi-inning reliever and closer. Since his rookie season, Hader has 282.1 innings in relief. Over those 282.1 IP, he’s put together a 2.26 ERA, an 0.85 WHIP, 482 Ks and 96 saves.

Hader has established his dominance as one of the premier closers in baseball and what’s more, is how effective he would be against some of the big bats in the N.L. East. The likes of Bryce Harper, Juan Soto and barring a departure from the Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman, who are all lefties, would have their work cut out for them late in games facing Hader. Obviously, these three aren’t the only hitters who’d have their work cut out for them, but having a dominant lefty late in games would give a huge advantage to the Mets.

Hader is set to make $8M in 2022 before his final arbitration year in 2023, after which he will become an unrestricted free agent. At that cost, especially in comparison to what other big name relieves like Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendricks have been given, you’re looking at a huge bargain financially,

The incentive for the Brewers to trade Hader has probably lessened since making a playoff appearance in 2021, but with Hader’s departure in free agency rapidly approaching, they could look to move him, in which case the Mets should absolutely be on the phone.

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