The New York Mets have made the postseason two years in a row. But if Sandy Alderson could pull off a trade, they’d be the class of the NL.

Fans of the New York Mets have been treated to a very successful run the last two seasons, culminating in consecutive postseason trips for just the second time in the franchise’s 55 year history.

But the last thing that general manager Sandy Alderson should do is stay stagnant this offseason and in the future, as trades are a vital part of what keep an organization competitive for extended periods of time.

The Mets’ blue chip prospects in shortstop Amed Rosario, first baseman Dominic Smith, and catcher Tomas Nido – among others – should be somewhat off limits. That is, unless there approaches a trade scenario in which Alderson would receive a young, considerably team-controlled player in return.

Rosario and Smith are both expected to be major league ready by Opening Day 2018 – just in time for current shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and first baseman Lucas Duda‘s contracts to be up. So specifically, that duo is vital to the future of the Mets.

But there is plenty of talent available on the trade market currently, and the Mets have the major and minor league assets to acquire that said talent.

So without further ado, here are five trades targets that Alderson could – and should – look at right away to improve this Mets squad.

Chris recently graduated with a Journalism degree from Montclair State University. Baseball is his love and he hopes to bring back some of the old-school popularity to the game. Chris Thompson covers the NY Jets and NY Mets for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter @Time2Topher.