4 relievers the Mets should target in a trade

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New York Mets Trade Target Number 3: David Bednar

The least known commodity on this list is David Bednar, from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that doesn't make him less appealing to the Mets. While he may not be as electric as the other names on this list, Bednar proved that he is a reliable reliever last season in his first full-season in the majors.

According to Baseball-Reference, Bednar pitched to a 2.23 ERA in 60.2 innings, with 72 strikeouts and a .973 WHIP. Bednar will be just 27-years old this season, and would add another reliable option to the Mets' bullpen, if he can replicate the success he found last year.

Fulmer wasn't the only option on this list to have ties to the Mets, as Bednar has some as well, although his aren't direct. Bednar started his career in the Padres' organization, and was actually acquired by the Pirates last offseason, in the three-team trade that brought Joey Lucchesi to Flushing.

With the Pirates figuring to be towards the bottom of the National League standings yet again this year while they continue to rebuild, their is little need for a relief pitcher. Instead they can deal him to a contender like the Mets, while they continue to stockpile young talent while they construct what they view as their long-term roster. If he does become available, the Mets would be smart to gauge what the Pirates would want in exchange for him.