3 Trades the Mets Need to Make This Offseason to Get Back Into the Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Three trades the New York Mets need to make this offseason if they want to get back into the playoffs next season.
Three trades the New York Mets need to make this offseason if they want to get back into the playoffs next season. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Mets suffered a multitude of injuries during a disappointing 2020 season on their way to finishing tied for last place in the NL East with a 26-34 record. If they want to turn things around and compete in the playoffs next season, they need to make some moves fast.

One way to do that is exploring the trade market across the league and addressing the holes on the roster. Here are three trades the Mets need to make if they want to get back into the playoffs next season.

1. Trade Away: Amed Rosario

Rosario has been an up-and-down player ever since he was called up by the Mets. With a crowded infield, it may be best for the team to cut ties with the 24-year-old now. Rosario has a ton of trade value and could fetch a great return for the team. Solid shortstops aren't super easy to find, either. With the emergence of prospect Andres Gimenez this season, the Mets do not have an immediate need to keep Rosario around. But they do need to upgrade their pitching staff, so the Mets would be smart to shop Rosario around and see if any teams are interested.

2. Trade for: Kris Bryant

One blockbuster move the Mets could pull off this offseason is trading for All-Star third baseman Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs. Bryant only has one year left before he is eligible for free agency and it may be the perfect time to convince the Cubs to get what they can for him now. The Mets have tried a multitude of players at third base over the past few seasons, but acquiring Bryant would lock down the position for the foreseeable future, especially if they can ink him to a long-term deal. Bryant is great fit for the Mets as he has a career .300 batting average at Citi Field and is primed for a bounce-back season in 2021.

3. Trade for: Lance Lynn

The Mets most substantial need may be at starting pitcher. As Noah Syndergaard recovers from Tommy John surgery, the team doesn't have much depth behind Jacob deGrom and David Peterson, especially since Marcus Stroman's future in NY is up in the air. Acquiring a reliable veteran pitcher like Lance Lynn is exactly what the Mets need to bring a spark to their rotation. With the Texas Rangers in the middle of a rebuild, many people were shocked that Lynn wasn't dealt at the trade deadline. Lynn provides consistency as he has made at least 29 starts in every season since 2012 (aside from the shortened 2020 campaign) and has a 3.57 career ERA. With one year left on his contract costing $8 million, Lynn is an affordable and intriguing option for the Mets to look into.

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