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Top 5 Trade Chips for the New York Mets

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Top 5 Trade Chips For The New York Mets

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At the midway point of the 2014 season, the New York Mets are still several games under .500 and in fourth place in the NL East due mostly to their terrible offense. With that in mind, the Mets should be sellers looking for future offensive help. Here are the five most appealing players the team has to offer in a trade.

5. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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5. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Very little was expected of Daisuke Matsuzaka entering the 2014 season. However, Matsuzaka has turned out to be one of the more reliable pitchers for the Mets both as a long reliever and currently as a starter filling in for the team's injury-depleted starting rotation. Matsuzaka could help a team looking for an extra arm at a reasonable price.

4. Eric Young Jr.

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4. Eric Young Jr

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Eric Young Jr. isn't really the type to hit for average or power, but he can steal bases like nobody's business. Young has missed quite a few games this season with injury, but somehow has managed to steal 21 bases. Young doesn't seem poised to be an everyday player, but for a team in need of an extra outfielder and/or explosive baserunner, EY Jr. is the perfect fit.

3. Dana Eveland

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3. Dana Eveland

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Like Dice-K, Dana Eveland has been an unexpected surprise for the Mets' pitching staff. Eveland has bounced around the league as a starter/reliever with limited success, and didn't pitch in the majors last season. In 10 appearances this season, Eveland has been relatively solid allowing only two earned runs so far. For a team in need of an extra arm in the pen, Eveland is the guy.

2. Daniel Murphy

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2. Daniel Murphy

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Daniel Murphy currently leads the National League in hits and has a .301 batting average. He is clearly the most reliable hitter on this team at the moment. Murphy would be a huge help for any team looking for a good contact hitter who rarely misses a game. However, the Mets absolutely should not consider trading Murphy unless it's for Giancarlo Stanton. So in other words, Murphy should not be traded.

1. Bartolo Colon

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1. Bartolo Colon

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Bartolo Colon got off to a rough start, but has bounced back to be arguably the most reliable starting pitcher for the Mets this season. At age 41, Colon is a great veteran influence for the team, but is clearly not part of the their future. The veteran has been a work horse for the Mets this season and his post season experience makes him an appealing choice for a contender in need of another starter to put them over the top.

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