3 Mets roster Hail Marys for a final attempt to salvage the season

Mar 15, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ronny Mauricio (60) prior to a
Mar 15, 2023; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Ronny Mauricio (60) prior to a / Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports
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3) NY Mets roster Hail Mary: Trade Jeff McNeil to fix the bullpen

There isn’t a bigger somewhat reasonable Hail Mary than trading Jeff McNeil right now. Even if this isn’t solely for the sake of saving the 2023 season, it’s an idea to mull over. McNeil was the subject of plenty of Mets trade rumors after the 2021 campaign where he was basically the same player he is now; an unappealing light-hitting one who doesn't do much hitting.

McNeil remains a fit for the Mets, but if they were looking to change things up, he’s the player to move instead of Pete Alonso. Alonso’s power is far more difficult to replace. All McNeil is bringing to the table this year is the ability to play second base and the corner outfield spots.

A Hail Mary McNeil trade right now does seem like less of a Hail Mary and more of a punt on third down. The only way it would qualify is if the Mets were able to acquire two quality MLB relief pitchers for him. It’s the “high” of what they could possibly get and even this type of return might be a little too high considering how poorly he has performed.

Stack the odds against the Mets doing something this extreme in the next week. In the offseason, however, it might be a greater consideration. The team will have Starling Marte programmed into a corner outfield spot and he is basically McNeil with speed on the offensive side of things. How many low power and medium average players can this club afford to keep?

The 2023 Hail Mary would send McNeil to a non-contender for two of their better bullpen arms. Ronny Mauricio then becomes the starting second baseman and we add some prayers to our Hail Marys.

In terms of Hail Marys, this is one to throw when you can already smell the lineman's breath. Do the Mets do it? I think I'd be a coward and take the sack than risk an interception.