4) NY Mets trade target Ian Happ
Ian Happ was a name that was floated around the trade circles during last year's Trade Deadline as the Chicago Cubs were in full fire sale mode, and surprisingly Happ ended up staying with the Cubs after the deadline had passed. Now there is no real clear direction in which direction the Cubs are looking to go this offseason, but if Happ was a tradeable asset last summer, surely he's going to potentially be able to be had again this winter for the right price.
The 28-year-old outfielder hit .271 with 17 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Cubs last season, and he would also be a potential option for the Mets should they lose out on the Brandon Nimmo sweepstakes. Happ also is scheduled for free agency in 2024, and Cubs reporter Mark Feinsand has said it's likely Happ opens 2023 in a new uniform as he is the Cubs' prime trade candidate on their current roster.
Happ is coming off a Gold Glove award and he was named a National League All-Star last season, and he would fit nicely as a right-handed bat in the Mets lineup next season. I would anticipate the Mets would probably have to part with a top-ten prospect and maybe another lower-level prospect to acquire Happ prior to the season.
Similar to Bryan Reynolds, Happ would be another impact bat that the Mets could use if they need to pivot to plan B in regard to their outfield alignment next season. It's also fair to note that Happ would probably cost the Mets a bit less in terms of price than Reynolds due to Happ hitting free agency next off-season.