Mets should take advantage of these struggling teams at the trade deadline

Whether the Mets are buyers or sellers, these three teams should be on the Mets radar for August 1st.
May 21, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and third
May 21, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and third / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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With just weeks to go until the August 1st trade deadline, the New York Mets still don't have a clear sense of direction on this season.

In part, that may be a good thing. A recent winning surge in July has led to some renewed hope in 2023, with the NL Wild Card closer than its been in quite some time. However, a lot can change between now and August, and the Mets shouldn't be too brash in their decision making during this crucial month.

Luckily for them, the Mets aren't the only team in this predicament. Several other franchises are right on the verge of a playoff spot and remain undecided on their focus for the remainder of the regular season. Regardless of if the Mets decide to buy or sell (or some combination of both) at the deadline, these three teams should be towards the top of their contact list.

The Mets should renew trade talks with the Los Angeles Angels at the deadline

One of the few teams that faces a tougher decision at the deadline than the Mets would be the Los Angeles Angels, who have a serious risk of losing Shohei Ohtani in the offseason. Analysts are torn on whether the Angels should buy to contend with Ohtani and convince him of a better future, or to trade Ohtani away before free agency.

The Angels appeared to have made that decision just last month, when the Mets traded them Eduardo Escobar for prospects. However, recent injuries to just about everyone on their roster might have them rethinking that strategy.

If the Angels are looking to buy, the Mets have enough veteran position players that would make sense for them. Tommy Pham and Starling Marte would make sense for a team that has so many holes to fill, and the Mets can either go the prospect route or do a trade similar to this weeks Trevor Gott deal.

Even if the Angels sell, the Mets should still be in talks. Obviously Ohtani would be the prize aquisition of this deadline, but that remains unlikely. On a smaller scale, the Mets can use an Angels fire sale to bolster their bullpen. Matt Moore and Chris Devinski are two veteran relievers having great seasons that the Mets might be able to acquire for cheap. Whichever direction the Angels decide to take at the deadline, the Mets should be in conversations on a second trade with Los Angeles this season.