MLB Trade Deadline: Why Mets Must Become a Buyer

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MLB Trade Deadline: Why Mets Must Become a Buyer
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The Mets are in second place three months into the season and overachieving has been an understatement—what the team has done has been simply amazin'.

At 43-37, the Mets are just 3.5 games back from the Washington Nationals, and are looking like serious contenders in the 2012 season. All the things that could have happened right for the Mets, have happened. R.A. Dickey has become the ace of the team with a 12-1 record, while David Wright has had the hot stroke all season, batting .354, good for second in the National League. 

With good news comes bad news however. Everything that was supposed to be a problem going into the season, has become a problem. The defense has struggled, committing 60 errors, third in the National League. The bullpen, a huge issue the past few years and again this year, owns the highest ERA in the National League at 4.98 while blowing 13 saves.

If the Mets want to keep their amazin' season alive past the All-Star break, they must improve their team by the deadline. They must become buyers before the trade deadline ends and fix the problems that prevent them from becoming the team they are capable of becoming. 

Projected to be in the basement of the NL East, the Mets can't settle on the team they have now, and must go out and pursue players that are capable of helping their club reach the playoffs. 

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