3 Trades the Mets Should Already Be Thinking About

Shale BriskinContributor IIIMay 8, 2014

3 Trades the Mets Should Already Be Thinking About

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    The New York Mets are currently at 16-17 for the 2014 season. Considering they are around .500 for their winning percentage, it's tough to determine whether this team will be buying or selling by the trade deadline.

    If the Mets play well for the rest of the first half, they could try to send prospects among others to upgrade the major league roster. However, if the Mets do not play particularly well, they could look to send certain major leaguers to contenders in exchange for prospects that could help in the future.

    Here are three trades the Mets should already be considering.

    Statistics are courtesy of MLB.com

Prospects for Asdrubal Cabrera

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    If the Mets start to really contend this summer, one position they will have to address is shortstop.

    Ruben Tejada (.183/.302/.207, 6 RBI) has struggled mightily this season and clearly is not the answer at the position. It will be difficult to find other teams interested in him, so the Mets would have to send him to the bench if they were to find an upgrade.

    One possible upgrade could be Asdrubal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians. Cabrera is in his contract year and could hit free agency next offseason. If he and the Indians do not get an extension done within the next two months, the Mets should really look into sending a few prospects in exchange for Cabrera.

    Wilmer Flores and Jacob deGrom would be two prospects the Mets could consider moving in a trade for Cabrera. 

Prospects for Huston Street

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    The Mets really need to find a true closer. The team suffered a huge blow on Opening Day when Bobby Parnell suffered an elbow injury that would require Tommy John surgery and end his season just like that.

    The Mets then had Jose Valverde as their next closer, but he was relieved of his closing duties soon enough in favor of Kyle Farnsworth.

    Since then, Farnsworth has been inconsistent himself as the new closer.

    The bullpen has not looked good at all. If the Mets find themselves in contention by July, Huston Street of the San Diego Padres is a closer they could trade for.

    Street is currently 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 10 saves in 14 appearances. He's on the final year of his current contract and could become very good trade bait if the Padres struggle.

    The Mets could send a few players like Flores or Jeurys Familia in exchange, among others if they are in a good position to contend. 

Chris Young for Prospects

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    If the Mets aren't really contending in July, they could trade Chris Young to a contender in exchange for prospects or young major league players that could help the team in 2015.

    Young is currently hitting .246 with two home runs, nine RBI and three stolen bases. Some contending teams could use him as a starting outfielder, while other teams would possibly see him more as bench depth or a platoon hitter against left-handed pitching.

    If the Mets were to trade Young, they would probably try to get offensive prospects in return, considering there is a greater need for bats within the organization.

    Shortstop and outfield prospects would be most ideal.