5 New York Mets Players Who Must Be Dealt Before the 2014 Trade Deadline

5 New York Mets Who Must Be Dealt Before the 2014 Trade Deadline

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There’s plenty of time left in the season for the New York Mets to get things turned around and become playoff contenders. But more than likely, the Mets will end up being sellers at the trade deadline. Assuming that’s the case, here are five players the Mets should be looking to trade before the deadline.

5. Bartolo Colon

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5. Bartolo Colon

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The Mets signed Colon to a two-year deal before the season, but with Matt Harvey coming back from injury in 2015, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom off to good starts in the Mets rotation and Noah Syndergaard expected to join the rotation later this year, there may not be room for Colon next year. So whether the Mets are buyers, sellers or somewhere in between, Colon is someone who should be traded at the deadline.

4. Eric Young Jr.

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4. Eric Young Jr.

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Young Jr. doesn't have a lot of trade value, but for a playoff-bound team he can be an extra outfielder who can also play second base as well as a player to provide a lot of speed, even if it's only utilized as a pinch-runner late in games. If Juan Lagares continues to work in the leadoff spot, the Mets don't need Young Jr. that much and can look to trade him.

3. Scott Rice

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3. Scott Rice

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One way or another, the Mets need to get rid of Rice, and leading up to the deadline, teams will be looking for bullpen help, especially from the left side. That could make Rice a player the Mets will look to trade, especially if Josh Edgin continues to pitch well.

2. Ruben Tejada

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2. Ruben Tejada

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Tejada won't be easy to trade, but his 2012 season is proof that he's capable of being a decent major league shortstop, so somebody might be willing to take a chance on him. Ike Davis has been fine since leaving New York, so perhaps a team will see that as a sign that Tejada could also improve with a change of scenery.

1. Chris Young

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1. Chris Young

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The Mets signed Young as a safety net, and with the play of Juan Lagares he's no longer needed. He doesn't have much value, but if the Mets can find a team that's willing to pay his remaining salary, they should trade him away in a New York minute.