5 under-the-radar Mets trade candidates if the team sells this summer

The Mets could be selling more than just players on expiring contracts.
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Another summer sale? What did New York Mets fans do to deserve this? Someone was doing a DIY project in their backyard, found some arrowheads, and continued to put in the fire pit, thus cursing the franchise for another season.

Prepared as they are to sell off many significant members of the roster, David Stearns can go a step further and trade a couple more under the radar candidates. Players who are either out of options or near it would be potential trade deadline casualties. While they might not net the Mets a whole lot, we shouldn’t count out the possibility of any of these players getting dealt this summer.

1) David Peterson

We haven’t seen David Peterson pitch yet this season, but we should soon enough. Maybe not the most glamorous trade candidate within the organization, the only way he sticks around in New York next season is if he is on the major league roster. Peterson has one minor league option left and it’s a practical assumption to believe it gets used up at some point.

A team that acquired Peterson would gain a couple years of control as he doesn’t hit free agency until after the 2026 season. This doesn’t do much to increase his trade value. Inconsistent seasons in the big leagues have held Peterson back from being a regular in the Mets rotation or even the bullpen.

Still, desperate teams could look at Peterson similarly to the way the Mets did with Trevor Williams back in 2021. He’d be good depth to stash in the minor leagues and use in the rotation as needed. Peterson will first need to come off the IL and prove he is fully healthy before anyone makes a phone call. Oh, and the Mets need to admit defeat.