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5 Prospects The New York Mets Could Trade This Offseason

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5 Prospects The New York Mets Could Trade This Offseason

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As we all know, the New York Mets have a lot of work to do this offseason, and there is bound to be a lot of roster turnover. One way the Mets will look to address all of their needs this offseason is by orchestrating trades which means they’re going to have to part ways with many players. Some of those players they will want to part with while others they’ll be reluctant to trade away but know that they must in order to bring in players they need to be competitive. Among the players that the Mets could trade this offseason are several notable prospects.

The Mets have a deep contingent of pitching prospects, and that may be the place to go for prospects that they could potentially trade this offseason. With injuries to Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, both of whom will miss the entire 2014 season, and a lot of uncertainty regarding Jenrry Mejia, the Mets may not be able to trade pitching prospects that are close to contributing at the major league level since they will need them to get through the 2014 season. However, they do have several enticing pitching prospects at the lower levels that could become valuable trade chips.

Of course, the Mets also have some position players in their farm system that could also be used in trades, so it may not just be young pitchers that the Mets send away in trades this offseason. With all that in mind here are five Mets’ prospects that could be traded away this offseason.

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5. Michael Fulmer

Michael Fulmer
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Fulmer was limited to just nine starts in 2013 because of injury, but opposing hitters batted just .200 against him. He’s almost ready to move up to double-A which is a nice place to be for a guy that won’t turn 21 until March. The Mets took him 44th overall in the 2011 draft so there’s no doubt that he has talent, and while he’s at least a couple years away he’s a good looking prospect that could end up being at least a mid-rotation starter, giving him some good value on the trade market.

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4. Rafael Montero

Rafael Montero
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The Mets would prefer not to trade pitchers that can help them in 2014, and Montero definitely fits that description since he’ll be competing in spring training for a spot in the rotation. However, a lot of teams will be looking for immediate rotation help, and Montero may be the only guy the Mets are willing to part with that can provide that. He could be a player the Mets include in a trade even if they’re hesitant to let him go.

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3. Matt den Dekker

Matt den Dekker
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With Juan Lagares emerging as an elite defensive center fielder in 2013 there may not be a role for den Dekker with the Mets outside of a backup outfielder. He was a September call up so den Dekker is all but ready for full time duty in the majors, and if there’s a team out there that wants an elite defensive outfielder they could ask the Mets about den Dekker. He is capable of some amazing defensive plays while also providing a little power at the plate and some speed on the base paths. He’s probably not a player the Mets will think twice about parting with if a team asks about him.

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2. Domingo Tapia

Domingo Tapia
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The Mets may not fight too hard to hold onto Tapia if a team expresses interest in him. He could be a valuable trade chip as his ceiling is quite high and scouts believe that he could pitch in a major league bullpen right now with a heavy sinking fastball that he can throw in the upper 90’. However, he had major control problems in 2013 which has to be a concern for the Mets and a headache they may be willing to get rid of if they have the opportunity to do so. He may not be as valuable as he might have been a year ago, but he’s still a good piece to include in a trade.

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1. Travis d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud
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Every team -- and I mean every team -- the Mets talk to this offseason are going to ask about the availability of d’Arnaud. He’s already been traded twice during his minor league career so he’s a wanted commodity, and the Mets haven’t ruled out trading him again if they can land a power-hitting outfielder. The Mets are going to sign a veteran catcher anyway, and they do like prospect Kevin Plawecki who could be ready in another year or two. They even have some depth in their farm system beyond Plawecki so they can probably get away with trading him considering his injury history. It’s not that the Mets want to trade d’Arnaud, but he’s not as untouchable as Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler. While they’re not looking to trade him, if the right deal comes along the Mets could trade d’Arnaud.