2) NY Mets trade target: Outfielder Anthony Santander
if the Mets front office is looking for another legitimate power bat to add to their starting lineup that could play both in the outfield, as well as regularly slot into the designated hitter role, they should give Baltimore Orioles General Manager Mike Elias a call on Anthony Santander.
The switch-hitting Santander is coming off a huge year in which he popped 33 home runs and 89 RBIs and he would make a nice consolation prize for a bat in the middle of the lineup as protection for Pete Alonso. Santander would profile as a corner outfielder on the Mets and similarly to Bryan Reynolds, he would fit nicely as the much-needed fourth outfielder that the Mets are currently seeking.
A big reason I believe he could be available is for the sole fact that the Orioles currently have a glut of young outfielders on the roster, and I can see them potentially dealing one prior to Opening Day to free up some roster space and potentially address another need they may currently have. The Mets would also have a few years of control on Santander as well as he is not scheduled to hit free agency until 2025.
If the Mets were to move forward with a deal for either Anthony Santander or Bryan Reynolds it would quickly put to halt the whispers of potentially moving Brett Baty to the outfield and allow him to grow into his position at third base moving forward.