3 roster improvements to help make the Mets World Series favorites

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The Mets need another high-leverage reliever

Exactly how many high-leverage relievers the Mets will need remains unknown. This depends entirely on how players are performing near the trade deadline and how healthy they are, too. The club is currently dealing with a few issues. Some strong early starts from a couple of guys have also begun to fade as they are looking penetrable.

Ideally, it would be great if the Mets could get a high-leverage left-handed reliever. It probably won’t matter how well Joely Rodriguez and/or Chasen Shreve pitch. The amount of trust fans will have in them to get big outs late and in the postseason isn’t there. The same could be said about many of the righties.

If all holds well for the Mets, they won’t need to overpay for the best relievers available this summer. That’s something a bullpen in complete disarray would have to do. More than likely, it’s a fine and finishing touch this club will be seeking.

Whether it’s a closer from a bad team or a guy having an inexplicably awesome year as a setup man, expect the Mets to be in the market to add to their bullpen. It’s the hardest part of a Major League Baseball roster to build. The trade deadline gives every GM a chance to tinker a little bit.