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

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5) NY Mets trade target: Josh Hader

San Diego Padres closer Josh Hader could be an interesting name depending on where the Padres are in the standings come August. While the Padres surprisingly pried him away from the Milwaukee Brewers last summer, he could be a prime candidate to move if the Padres were to somehow fall out of the playoff race.

Hader is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, and you can believe the Mets will be looking at every possible late-inning option that is available this summer to ease the loss of star closer Edwin Diaz this upcoming postseason. While there are no current signals that Hader is available right now there is certainly a lot that could change between now and August and he's simply a player to monitor as the season progresses.

After a disastrous run in San Diego last season, Hader has completely turned it back around this season and established himself back as one of the top three closers in baseball. Hader would instantly give the Mets a potent option in the back end of the bullpen, and he would fit in seamlessly with David Robertson and Adam Ottavino who have been rock solid in the late innings this season.

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