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New York Mets Rumors: 5 Whispers A Month Before Trade Deadline

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New York Mets Rumors: 5 Whispers A Month Before Trade Deadline

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Like so many teams, the New York Mets are stuck somewhere between being sellers and buyers a month before the MLB trade deadline. The Mets would like to think of themselves as buyers, but their play on the field says otherwise. Regardless, being caught in the middle should only increase the amount of rumors swirling during trade season, and here are five rumors Mets fans should be aware of a month before the trade deadline.

5. No Impact Bats Available

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5. No Impact Bats Available

David Wright
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More than anything, the Mets need another bit bat in the middle of their order, preferably someone who can help this year and next year. If they're willing to part with their pitching prospects, the Mets probably have enough to trade for one. However, there just doesn't seem to be any available this year, so the Mets have to get real creative in finding one or they'll be out of luck when it comes to acquiring the impact bat that they need.

4. Bartolo Colon Staying Put

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4. Bartolo Colon Staying Put

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Colon is the Mets' best trade chip if they're sellers at the deadline, as he's a veteran pitcher with playoff experience who will be a great addition to a contending team. He's under contract for next season, so he's worth more than a two-month rental and there's no pressure for the Mets to trade him. However, rumors indicate that teams are reluctant to give up much for him because of his age, making it likely that Colon stays in New York.

3. Is Jon Niese Trade Bait?

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3. Is Jon Niese Trade Bait?

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There's no way the Mets are actively shopping Niese, but that's not going to stop other teams from asking about him. Niese has never been better than he's been this season, and he's under a team-friendly contract, so there is little incentive for the Mets to trade him. But at a certain point, the Mets' need for a bat meets their young pitching depth which could entice them to trade him if they're overwhelmed.

2. Teams Interested in Daniel Murphy

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2. Teams Interested in Daniel Murphy

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One of the worst kept secrets in baseball right now is the interest that teams have in Daniel Murphy, who's having an All-Star caliber year. The Mets can barely function offensively with Murphy in the lineup, so things could get really ugly without him. That being said, it's no secret that the Mets shopped him over the winter, and teams will likely be willing to give up more now, so there's a chance he gets traded.

1. Mets Could Be Contenders For David Price

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1. Mets Could Be Contenders For David Price

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Whether the Mets are realistic contenders this season or not, there's a chance they could make a splash by adding Price. They have the farm system that can pull off that trade, and if the Wilpons open their checkbook, the Mets can lock up Price long-term. This is definitely something Mets fans should be watching over the next month. It might not save them this year, but imagine Price and Matt Harvey leading a rotation for the next five years.