5) NY Mets trade target(s) Cedric Mullins or Anthony Santander
The Baltimore Orioles always seem to be a total wildcard in regards to what moves they are going to make as they surprisingly traded away closer Jorge Lopez and first baseman Trey Mancini in the middle of a playoff race. The Orioles' outfield is also crowded and if they are looking to make room in their outfield they have two outfielders in Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander that may make sense for the Mets in some capacity.
One of these players would also be an option for the Mets in regards to potentially losing Brandon Nimmo this off-season. The 28-year-old Santander is coming off a huge year in which he slugged 33 home runs and 89 RBIs and would make a nice option for the Mets as a switch-hitting power bat in the middle of their lineup. Santander has two years of club control remaining and he would probably cost less in terms of prospects in comparison to Cedric Mullins, but nonetheless, he would be a very appealing option as a corner outfield option if the Mets moved Starling Marte to center field.
Cedric Mullins is one of the most exciting players in baseball and would fit swimmingly atop the Mets lineup as a potential center-field option for the Mets. Last season with the Orioles Mullins hit .258/.318/.721 with 16 home runs, 64 RBIs, and 34 stolen bases to build off of his 30-30 All-Star season in 2021. Mullins is not scheduled to be a free agent until 2026 which means the Mets would have to mortgage a significant portion of their farm to acquire him from the Orioles but he is easily considered one of the top three or four all-around center fielders in baseball.
The Orioles are one team to watch in regards to how they approach the offseason with their plethora of outfield talent and if they are willing to make either one of these outfielders available in trade talks, the Mets should definitely be in the mix.