3 Mets offseason moves we'd be shocked to see

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2. The Mets giving up on Brett Baty by trading him for starting pitching

Now, this move may seem unlikely, but it would make sense if the Mets decide to move on from their former first-round pick. Baty had so much promise when he first got called up last year in August and homered in his first at-bat, but this season, he's looked totally lost at the plate so maybe the Mets should think about a possible trade.

In 2023, Baty's average is pretty bad as he's only slashed .216, and has only driven in 27 runs in 278 at-bats as well as just 60 hits with a whopping 86 strikeouts to go along with it. Those struggles resulted in Baty being demoted in early August and we have not seen Baty ever since and don't be surprised if he does sniff the big leagues for the rest of this season at least.

So, if the Mets should pull off this trade, what should they get in return? Well, how about starting pitching? Never did we think heading into this year that the Mets biggest weakness would be starting pitching. Now, with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander their two aces no longer in Flushing, Queens, MLB teams should be willing to take on Baty and trade one of their starting pitchers. Maybe a pitcher like Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers should be an asset the Mets should take on. The Brewers need a third baseman with questions surrounding their hot corner, and this could be an opportunity for a player like Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos to play at third for New York.

But still, Mets fans should be patient with Baty. He is only 23 years old and has plenty of time to develop. Yes, the team does need starting pitching, but trading away someone who may be a part of your future is not a smart move.