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3 Pirates players the Mets should already be scouting for a trade

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NY Mets Trade Target: JT Brubaker

Like the other members of this list, the third potential trade target for the Mets on the Pirates is right-handed pitcher, JT Brubaker. Brubaker may not be as flashy of an addition as either of the other two that have already been mentioned, but he would give the team a pitcher with big league experience to fill the void in the rotation, until their top arms return.

The 28-year old right-hander has an ERA over 5.00 for his career, so clearly wouldn't be a long-term option, but rather a stop gap option to help eat some innings while the team's current pitchers return to full health.

Due to not having a ton of success at the Major League level, Brubaker might come at a fairly cheap price. While he shouldn't be someone the team actively targets, he could be a nice fallback option if the team doesn't think any of the other available starting pitchers are worth the asking price.

It remains to be seen if the Mets do have interest in making a deal with the Pirates, but given the fact that they are a longshot to make the playoffs and are in rebuilding mode, it's likely that the team will sell off assets like these three in favor of prospects or younger players, that can help the team build towards the future. Since the Pirates are likely to be sellers, the Mets should absolutely be calling their front office and looking to swing a trade.

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