3 Players the Mets Need to Target in a Trade This Offseason

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The New York Mets kicked off the Brodie Van Wagenen era with a blockbuster trade many viewed favorably at the onset. However, as the season progressed, the Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano acquisitions turned out to be nothing short of a nightmare.

What's the best way to rebound from this? Learn from the mistake and rebound with an acquisition or two in the offseason, especially since we know the Mets will not be spending big in free agency.

Here are three players New York should consider via a trade.

3. Mychal Givens

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Mychal Givens is trapped in Baltimore. He's a talented reliever with some nasty pitches, but his stats will never reflect his abilities, given the Orioles are the second-worst team in baseball (and might actually be the worst). The right-hander could give the Mets steady bullpen help and he's entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, so he'll have some decent club control. His value should be a bit lower, too, considering he's registered somewhere near a 4.20 ERA over the last two seasons.

2. Clint Frazier

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Guys, it's not as bad of an idea as you think. Enough with the "we're not trading with the Yankees" nonsense. The Mets do have a question mark with their outfield next season, considering many figure J.D. Davis to move to third base, leaving left field vacant. Will Yoenis Cespedes actually be healthy and play regularly? Can Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto hold down the fort for the whole year? Juan Lagares is hitting the open market, so the Mets could be down two outfielders. Maybe trade Dom Smith in one of these other moves and use other assets to acquire Frazier, who is hungry for playing time and would give the Mets more youth.

1. Mike Minor

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Mike Minor is under contract for under $10 million next season and would be a tremendous back-of-the-rotation option for the Mets. New York needs to at least inquire here, especially since the Rangers once again don't figure to be contenders. Texas didn't deal him at the trade deadline, which actually hurt them and could help a buyer. Minor had a rough end to the season, allowing 20 earned runs in his final five starts (good for a 5.29 ERA). With Zack Wheeler likely gone, Minor could be the perfect replacement.