3 way too early Mets trade deadline needs they’ll need to address if they want to compete

Too early to discuss trade deadline needs? Nah!
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2) The Mets will need to improve their infield depth on the bench

A weakness on the offense for the Mets they can easily upgrade is the infield depth. Zack Short was designated for assignment on Friday while Joey Wendle will continue to linger around at least until there’s a better option available.

The Mets may have struck out when it comes to this spot on the roster. Although it’s not paramount to securing a victory, the Mets don’t have a very good backup plan at second base, shortstop, or third base even for a day. Their depth strength is at the DH spot where they have more than enough potential occupants. It’s a bit unnecessary if J.D. Martinez can stay healthy.

These types of players often are moved at the trade deadline. A very average infielder getting squeezed out by an up-and-coming prospect or even someone who isn’t as successful in an everyday role but could thrive off the bench makes sense.

Essentially, the Mets would be looking for a better version of Wendle. If the Detroit Tigers fall out of the playoff race, Gio Urshela is the player to target. He always should have been the player the Mets ended up with considering how unsure they were over the Baty/Mark Vientos combination.

Of course, there’s an even bigger move to make if things shook out this way. Baty to a part-time role with an Alex Bregman rental? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, folks.