New York Mets: What They Need to Pursue in Trade Talks

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New York Mets: What They Need to Pursue in Trade Talks
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Mets manager Terry Collins needs to shore up his depleted bench.

Reds 14, Mets 5.

Those were the run totals in Cincinnati's three-game sweep at CitiField over the weekend. It goes without saying that the Mets offense was from hunger.

It also addresses a particular flaw in the Mets lineup that must be corrected if New York is to have any shot at a run for the NL East title. The Mets are shallow.

As in no depth.

With many of their backups pressed into service to replace ailing starting players, the Mets' bench strength is becoming a liability.

That's only a recent phenomenon. At the start of the season, the Mets tallied 11 come-from-behind wins in their first 31 games. Now, there's not much late-inning excitement.

To his credit, manager Terry Collins has cobbled together a decent starting lineup, despite the Mets' injury woes. But, every team needs reliable players for late-inning defense or pinch-hitting to keep going through the long summer.

Here are a few needs the Mets should address as the trade deadline nears.

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