3 Mets prospects who are obvious trade bait, 2 whose fate has yet to be determined

Which Mets prospects are bound to get traded and whose fate may be decided in 2024?

Feb 17, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Parada during spring training
Feb 17, 2023; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Parada during spring training / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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Mets prospect Luisangel Acuna can decide his fate in 2024

Luisangel Acuna finished 2023 ranked as the nearly unanimous number one prospect in the Mets system. He’s starting off 2024 a few spots down. A poor performance when he joined Binghamton is likely one of the reasons why, as is the far more superior numbers put up by some of his fellow prospects.

The subjectivity of top prospect lists aside, Acuna runs into some of the same problems as Mauricio. Where does he play? Second base is the obvious solution. Third base and maybe even some outfield could be how he starts off.

Already present on the 40-man roster and with an option used up by the Texas Rangers last year, it’s an absolute must for Acuna to reach the majors this year. The Mets need to know a little more what he can or cannot do. Figuring out where he plays can get resolved another time—unless of course the Mets trade him first.

Acuna is a unique prospect if only because he’s the younger brother of the reigning NL MVP. There’s something to name value. Would the infamous Billy Ripken baseball card be so popular if he wasn’t the brother of Cal Ripken Jr.?

The Mets have a lot of directions they can go with Acuna. We should get answers in 2024.