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New York Mets Top 5 Trade Assets

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Five New York Mets With Trade Value

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It’s been another long year for the New York Mets. They currently sit at 37-48 on the season and if anything, they will most likely be sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline. The Mets have some good pieces, but just not enough to compete. Because of this, look for them to try and trade some of their veteran players who are performing well in order to stockpile more prospects for the future.

With Matt Harvey leading the staff and David Wright in the middle of your lineup, Mets fans should not be alarmed: they are not as far away as you might think. But everyone begging them to try and get Giancarlo Stanton or Carlos Gonzalez need to rethink their wishes. They are more than one player away and shouldn’t jeopardize their future by trying to make an unreasonable run before they are talented enough.

While Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have continued to be major disappointments, GM Sandy Alderson has to be pleased with Wright and Harvey as well as the inspired play of Daniel Murphy and Marlon Byrd. With other top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler now up with the big club and with Travis D’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard not too far behind, there is plenty reason to be optimistic for the boys in Queens.

But not this year; the Mets are still a year or two away from battling for the NL East crown once again. Because of this, they need to take advantage of the stellar play from some of their veterans and trade them to get some younger pieces. As the trade deadline approaches, here are five tradeable assets for the New York Mets.

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5. Eric Young Jr.

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Eric Young Jr. was designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies and the Mets took a chance on him and so far it has paid off. In 18 games, he is hitting .300 and has 11 stolen bases. Young could be valuable as a pinch runner and defensive replacement for a playoff team.

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4. Marlon Byrd

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For everyone that thought Byrd had nothing left in the tank, he is doing a lot to prove them wrong. He has already hit his second highest total for home runs in a season with 13 and is hitting .265. He would be a big time bat off the bench for a contender and could get the Mets a prospect in return.

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3. Latroy Hawkins

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Latroy Hawkins is a veteran of 18 years who is enjoying a nice season with the Mets. He has a 3.05 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 38.1 innings. Teams will notoriously overpay for a reliever at the trade deadline, especially someone with the experience of Hawkins and the Mets need to take advantage of that.

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2. John Buck

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After a torrid April, John Buck has really cooled off. But nevertheless, he is a veteran catcher with some pop in his bat and the Mets already have their future catcher waiting in the minors in D'Arnaud. They might as well see if they can get anything for Buck.

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1. Zack Wheeler

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There have been rumors of this and it may be a bit crazy, but if Alderson and the Mets have enough faith in Dillon Gee, Jonathan Niese and Jeremy Hefner to improve, dealing Wheeler could become plausible. He is a top prospect and teams are seeing him in the majors right now. His value might not get any higher and the Mets might be able to get Major League-ready talent for him in an attempt to speed up their rebuilding process.