5 best trade targets not named Shohei Ohtani to keep an eye on this summer

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3) NY Mets trade target: Julio Urias

Another starting pitcher the Mets could potentially look at during the Trade Deadline would be Los Angeles Dodgers starter, Julio Urias. Urias is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason and depending on how the Dodgers' season shakes out, he could potentially be had if the Dodgers deem themselves to sell some pieces later this summer.

The Mets could surely use a left-handed pitcher in their starting rotation and he would only deepen the Mets starting pitching depth which has been completely thinned out recently. Urias who is still only 26 years old will be hitting free agency as he is entering his prime this offseason, and while he would be considered a rental, the Mets could put themselves in a prime position to potentially re-sign him should they acquire him this summer.

Last season Urias was the National League ERA leader with an ERA of 2.16 and led the National League in wins in 2021. He's a pitcher with a postseason pedigree and would slot nicely behind Verlander and Scherzer in a potential postseason series. Outside of Shohei Ohtani, Urias, and Phillies ace Aaron Nola will likely be the most coveted free agents on the market this winter, and the Mets could have the opportunity to trade for two of those three later this summer.