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5 Players New York Mets Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

5 Players New York Mets Should Target Before 2014 Trade Deadline

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Two months into the 2014 MLB season, teams are slowly starting to round into shape. The New York Mets have quietly hung around contention and the .500 mark and could look to bolster their roster as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches at the end of July. While New York isn't likely to make any short-term additions in an ill-begotten attempt to make the playoffs this season, moves could be make if it helps the club long-term,

5. Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis

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5. Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis

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While Jay may not seem like the kind of name that would entice the Mets given his lack of power, he's likely the odd man out in St. Louis now that super-prospect Oscar Taveras has been called up. Jay isn't great, but he'd be an improvement over either of the Youngs, Eric and Chris, and probably wouldn't cost all that much to acquire. Jay is also under control until 2017, so that'd likely pique the interest of the suddenly thrifty Wilpons.

4. Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, Seattle

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4. Nick Franklin, 2B/SS, Seattle

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While there have been rumors linking Franklin to the Mets all spring, nothing has happened ... yet. Franklin has struggled in Seattle without a definitive position as the signing of Robinson Cano pretty much erased any chance he'd get to be an everyday player for the M's. With Brad Miller entrenched at SS, Seattle could ship Franklin off to Flushing, where he could slot in at SS or perhaps allow the Mets to trade Daniel Murphy after this season.

3. Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona

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3. Didi Gregorius, SS, Arizona

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Gregorius is another player who has been linked to the Mets and their unsettled SS situation. With Chris Owings and Cliff Pennington taking the lion's share of playing time with the big club, Gregorius has been relegated to triple-A. Much like Franklin, Gregorius looks to be the odd man out in Arizona and would serve as an improvement over Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores at short.

2. Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

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2. Starlin Castro, SS, Chicago Cubs

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With top prospect Javier Baez likely hitting the bigs in the next year, now may be the time for the Cubs to look to move Starlin Castro and his long-term contract. Although the money isn't prohibitive, Castro still has six years left on his deal, an awful lot for a mercurial player who seems to have way too many ebbs and flows. That being said, Castro would be an enormous upgrade for the Mets and they have the pitching depth to entice Chicago.

1. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City

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1. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City

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Alex Gordon would be a perfect fit in Flushing, but his availability isn't certain. The Royals, who many expected to take the next step this season, have struggled out of the gate in a weak AL Central and may be looking to shake it up if their outlook doesn't improve by August. Gordon would become the Mets' best hitter behind David Wright and would be a plus defender in left field. The Mets may have to part with Jon Niese, but it'd be worth it.