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Sandy Alderson Identifies Mets' Two Biggest Trade Deadline Priorities

Adam Taylor McKillop
New York Mets team president Sandy Alderson identifies his team's two biggest trade deadline priorities.
New York Mets team president Sandy Alderson identifies his team's two biggest trade deadline priorities. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

At the beginning of June, the New York Mets held a 10.5-game lead in the NL East division standings. New York is still 20 games over .500, but a feverish stretch from the Atlanta Braves cut this lead down to just 1.5 games.

Atlanta's recent stretch has simply heightened the pressure for New York's front office to make moves at the upcoming MLB Trade Deadline. Team president Sandy Alderson recently spoke with Mets insider Jon Heyman to discuss the franchise's two biggest priorities prior to the deadline.

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Alderson indicated his team will prioritize the addition of another bat and help for the bullpen as we move into trade season.

Not only did Alderson indicate the importance of adding a bat, but he pointed to New York's desperate need to find production at the designated hitter role.

J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith have operated primarily at DH this season, but neither hits above .240 or a .355 slugging percentage. The duo has also only combined to hit three home runs across 331 at-bats.

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On the bullpen front, the Mets' staff ranks just 10th in team ERA. This is a respectable mark, but teams like the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals rank higher. New York will also search for another lefty arm considering Joely Rodriguez is the only remaining southpaw after Chasen Shreve's release.

Fortunately, these are areas easily addressable at the deadline. There's numerous veteran bats available, and some cheaper than others. Some names that fit the bill for a true DH role include Trey Mancini or Nelson Cruz.

There's also always an abundance of relief pitching available during the deadline. Joe Mantiply and Andrew Chafin are lefty arms that would only heighten New York's odds to win the World Series.

Currently, the Mets rank fourth with +700 odds to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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