3) NY Mets trade target: Willson Contreras
The Mets have been linked to Willson Contreras for a couple of weeks now, and I think it's very possible he ends up a Met by the end of the day. The Astros were one of the teams in on him and they acquired Christian Vazquez. There don't seem to be too many teams interested in the rental catcher.
The Mets have dealt with some awful production offensively from their catchers all year, so it's safe to say the all-star with an .818 OPS would be a massive upgrade.
The price does seem to be very high, but hopefully it goes down as the Mets seem to be unwilling to part with any major prospects for a rental.
Contreras if acquired would catch a lot and also DH quite a bit. He has an OPS of 1.004 against left handed pitching so if he caught against righties while James McCann or Tomas Nido caught against lefties with Contreras as the DH I think that'd make a lot of sense.
I personally value the defense McCann and Nido provide a lot, but it's very hard to watch them put up non competitive at bats a lot of the time. It would be nice to not have what feels like an automatic out with the catcher spot.
The defense and camaraderie that McCann and Nido have with the pitching staff will be virtually impossible for Contreras to pick up in such a short time span. Hopefully, his bat makes those bumps in the road worth it.