The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is less than a month away, and the New York Mets could be in the mix for reinforcements.
Okay, there may not be another Yoenis Cespedes-type trade on the horizon, but the New York Mets have plenty to think about as the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
The Mets have been battered by injuries this season. There’s a chance some bench players could be acquired as insurance policies, but GM Sandy Alderson could explore other options. What if the organization has had enough of Travis d’Arnaud‘s health problems and sees a long term answer at the catching position?
Jose Reyes is being paid the minimum by the Mets this season. There’s a realistic chance that if he doesn’t perform, he could be released by the end of the month. A trade for a full time third baseman then becomes possible, pushing Wilmer Flores back into a super utility role.
The bullpen has been good this season, but not great. Newly acquired Antonio Bastardo has been wildly inconsistent. Outside of closer Jeurys Familia, no one else in the bullpen has the potential to dominate. While the ‘pen is probably good enough to get to October, the Mets don’t plan on just qualifying for the postseason. A late inning upgrade isn’t out of the question.
We examine five players that could be shipped to Queens before the deadline.