The New York Mets have already made one move prior to the MLB trade deadline, acquiring slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adding another powerful bat to the mix remains a priority, though, and the team is reportedly switching gears on Josh Bell of the Washington Nationals.
New York Mets Trade Rumors
The Mets have been linked to Bell a number of times over the last few weeks, but it seems like discussions between the two sides have gone nowhere. Of course, the 29-year-old is in the midst of a career year, slashing .305/.388/.496 with 49 runs, 13 home runs and 51 RBI across 96 games.
SNY's Andy Martino reports that the Mets are eyeing Baltimore's Trey Mancini, instead. The only problem is that the Orioles are surging into the AL Wild card race. The more games they win, the more expensive Mancini may become. His 2023 mutual option makes him a bit more valuable as well.
Mancini is no stranger to being involved in trade rumors. His right-handed power and positional versatility makes him an intriguing option for many teams. The 30-year-old is slashing .268/.345/.404 in 86 games this season to go along with 36 runs scored, 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 37 RBI.
It's worth noting that Mancini also played for Mets manager Buck Showalter from 2016-18 in Baltimore. No matter what, New York has to keep targeting bats considering their designated hitters have posted a .221 batting average on the season. That is obviously not going to get the job done.
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