MLB Trade Rumors: 5 New York Mets On The Block In 2014

MLB Trade Rumors: 5 New York Mets On The Block In 2014

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It's only April, but it's never too early to start thinking about potential trades that could be made later in the season. If the Mets fall out of contention, as they've done the past few seasons, here are five potential trade chips they could look to deal in July, if not sooner.

5. Dillon Gee

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5. Dillon Gee

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No one's asking the Mets to trade away Gee right now, as he may be their best pitcher, but if they're out of contention in July he may be their best trade chip. The Mets may need to make room for the return of Matt Harvey in 2015 as well as some of their young pitching prospects that will be in the big leagues by the end of 2014, so if teams are asking, it could make sense to trade Gee.

4. Chris Young

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4. Chris Young

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If Juan Lagares continues to hit and play phenomenal defense there won't be much room in the Mets outfield for Young, especially if they continue to rely on Eric Young Jr. to hit leadoff. The Mets also have some talented outfielders in triple-A, so Young could become expendable sooner rather than later.

3. Wilmer Flores

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3. Wilmer Flores

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If playing Flores at shortstop in triple-A doesn't work out and the Mets prefer to keep Daniel Murphy at second base, there just won't be any room for Flores on the Mets, which will force them to trade him. Offensively, he doesn't have much to prove at triple-A, so if the Mets don't have a position for him they either need to make Flores a part of the bench or trade him. And that could happen at some point in 2014.

2. Lucas Duda

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2. Lucas Duda

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If Duda isn't able to hold onto the first base job, he'll immediately go to the trade block as he's not that valuable on the Mets bench. He may be better off being traded to an American League team anyway, as he could play first base, left field and DH in a league where his defensive issues in the outfield would be less of an issue.

1. Ike Davis

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1. Ike Davis

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Davis was on the trade block all winter, and he's still there. He'll be a candidate for any team that's looking for a first baseman, and he's had a good start to the season in limited at bats, which could ease the fears of teams looking to trade for him that he'll repeat his 2013 season. The Mets can't play him once every four days forever, so if they don't want to make him the everyday starter over Lucas Duda, they'll have to trade him.

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