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5 Positions New York Mets Could Upgrade at the Trade Deadline

5 Positions New York Mets Could Upgrade at the Trade Deadline

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With 10 days left until the MLB trade deadline, the New York Mets are on the fringe of being competitive and being buyers on the trade market. It's unlikely that the Mets can pull off a major deal before the deadline, but there's a chance for them to pull off a minor trade and make a small upgrade. Here are five positions they can look to improve through a trade before the deadline.

5. Backup Catcher

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5. Backup Catcher

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Travis d'Arnaud has finally come around, but the Mets could certainly benefit from adding a veteran backup for him. Anthony Recker has been fine, but the Mets can do better. Last year, the Mets traded away veteran catcher John Buck to a contending team, and this year they could benefit from adding a veteran catcher like Buck for the stretch run.

4. Lefty Reliever

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4. Lefty Reliever

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The bullpen has become a strength for the Mets, but adding a veteran lefty reliever to help out Josh Edgin wouldn't be a bad move. There are bound to be a few lefty relievers available at the deadline for a reasonable price, making this an easy spot to upgrade for the Mets.

3. Leadoff Hitter

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3. Leadoff Hitter

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Curtis Granderson has done a great job in the leadoff role, but he really needs to be down in the order. But the only way that happens is if the Mets find an everyday player who can bat leadoff. The Mets have a few alternatives to Granderson but no one who's an everyday player. They need to look outside the organization for a new leadoff hitter so Granderson can move down in the order and start driving in runs.

2. Shortstop

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2. Shortstop

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The Mets will probably have to wait until the offseason to find a suitable replacement for Ruben Tejada, but it won't hurt to take a look around to see if they can find an upgrade for the rest of this season. Tejada has settled in after a rough start to the season, but he's barely above a replacement level player. The Mets may need to upgrade the shortstop position before they can become a truly competitive team.

1. Left Field

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1. Left Field

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Left field has become a revolving door for the Mets, and they need to bring some stability to the position heading down the stretch. Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. are not the answer, and while they may be able to get away with Bobby Abreu and Kirk Nieuwenhuis against righties, they at least need a viable right-handed hitter who can platoon, if not play every day. Finding a player like that would be a dream scenario for the Mets.