2) NY Mets trade target Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers is a 26-year-old third baseman who seems to just be hitting his prime in the Majors and is somehow the subject of trade rumors this offseason. It makes no sense, especially with a big market team like the Boston Red Sox, but should Devers and the Red Sox not move forward on an agreement on a contract extension, Devers would be a fine option for the Mets at the hot corner.
Last season Devers hit .296 with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs while hitting in the middle of the Red Sox lineup and he would provide a huge need for another bat in the Mets lineup as currently constructed. As of right now, the Mets have some combination of Eduardo Escobar and Brett Baty penciled in at third base going into 2023, but if there is an opportunity to make a significant upgrade with a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner you have to consider pulling the trigger.
Devers would obviously require a contract extension as that has been the main issue between both him and the Red Sox as Devers is scheduled to be a free agent in 2024. The Mets certainly have the money to do it, but in order to acquire Devers it's going to also cost them quite a bit. MLB.com had proposed a trade in which the Mets would give up Brett Baty, right-handed pitching prospect Blade Tidwell (#8), and outfield prospect Nick Morabito (#14).
In regards to the proposed trade that MLB.com makes, I would make that trade in a heartbeat. I do think the Mets would have to give up one other piece for Devers if this trade were to realistically get done, but it's rare to get a star player who is about to hit their prime, and a Devers acquisition would shake up the National League East.