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Buster Olney Outlines Two Potential Mets Trade Targets

Adam Taylor McKillop
MLB insider Buster Olney outlined two potential New York Mets trade targets.
MLB insider Buster Olney outlined two potential New York Mets trade targets. / Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are certainly enjoying the start of their 2022 campaign, getting off to one of the best records in baseball at 24-14, and leading the NL East standings by six games. Team owner Steve Cohen and his staff are on a mission for greater heights, though. It's championship or bust.

ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney recently speculated two potential trade targets the Mets may consider as we sneak into baseball's trade season.

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Olney mentioned two veteran bats that could be on the trade blocks for their respective franchises: Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs and Mike Moustakas of the Cincinnati Reds.

The insider detailed these moves could be a situation to help obtain other assets, but would require New York taking on dead money from the two veterans' contracts.

"For example (and this is just speculation): The Mets could swap for a coveted Reds asset and agree to absorb some of the $50 million owed to Mike Moustakas. Or maybe they take on some of the money left on Jason Heyward's deal to land a player in a Cubs deal."

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It's an interesting idea considering the Mets' lack of true pop from the left side of the plate. Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil have been the only consistent left-handed hitters in New York's lineup this season, evidenced by their respective .855 and .794 OPS marks.

Dominic Smith was supposed to be another reliable lefty bat but he's only slashing .197/.280/.258 this season. Of the two veterans, Moustakas is a better option for New York to target. The 33-year-old lefty-swinging 1B/3B is slashing .258/.343/.416 for an OPS of .759. By contrast, Heyward hasn't hit a home run in 80 plate appearances.

Time will tell if Cohen wants to make a move. But, we know one thing. He will make the move in a heartbeat if it helps the Mets' World Series chances. Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook shows New York at +800 (3rd) to win the 2022 World Series.

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