The 5 best Mets trade candidates and where they could end up

Ranking the five best Mets trade candidates and finding an ideal destination for them.
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2) Best NY Mets trade candidate: Tommy Pham

Who’d ever think that Tommy Pham would be such a great trade candidate? He’s one of the best in baseball. The injury that led to an early exit on Sunday is something to pay attention to but it’s not as if injured players never get moved. The New York Yankees acquired Harrison Bader last summer while he was on the IL.

Pham brings a lot of wonderful intangibles to the field. He’s gutsy, hits for some good power, and this year is playing like it means the end of his career. That may have actually been the case. He settled on a one-year deal with the Mets to become their fourth outfielder/right-handed DH. He has played his way into the starting lineup on a daily basis.

The Twins could target Pham instead of Canha. However, the club who should go after Pham a little harder is their biggest competition, the Cleveland Guardians.

Offense is something the Guardians don’t have much of. Power is especially limited. Only Josh Naylor (11) and Jose Ramirez (14) are at double digit home runs. Their three main outfielders have combined for only 7 home runs with center fielder Myles Straw giving them a goose egg.

Pham is a reasonably-priced asset the Guardians need. Capable of playing all three outfield positions and someone who can hit at the top or in the middle of the order, he meets many of their needs.