We know New York Mets ownership well enough, at this point, to determine that signing a big fish on the free agent market isn't going to happen. The trade market, however, is another story entirely; GM Brodie Van Wagenen pulled off a blockbuster deal last winter, acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Seattle Mariners, and he could easily stomp all over the MLB landscape again.
While that move didn't work out in New York's favor in 2019, new management appears willing to move pieces to better this team, at least on paper.
There's belief around the industry that "at least one" of Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant could be on their way out of town, and if they are serious about contending in 2020, the Mets have to be in the mix for the trio of big names.
Betts is the clear option New York should have their sights set on, and they have a potential trade package on their roster that could get them the former MVP.
Since the Mets don't have a top-flight farm system, they'll have to part with big league talent for the Red Sox to even consider agreeing. Brandon Nimmo could be a strong player to bring aboard if you're Boston, as he's an above average defender and can hit towards the top of the lineup, slotting in Betts' spot immediately.
Boston will be looking for something more tantalizing to make this work, of course, which is why right-hander Noah Syndergaard could become the big piece that'll transform the 2020 Red Sox.
There's no doubt Boston needs another top-of-the-rotation starter, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Chris Sale and the up-and-down tenure David Price has had with the Red Sox. Thor hasn't completely lived up to the lofty expectations placed on him, but a change of scenery to a contending team might be exactly what he needs. He comes with two years of control, too, further opening up Boston's window on a budget.
Even though the Mets don't have many big-time prospects remaining, New York will need to give up at least one, maybe two, to land Betts. Add third baseman Brett Baty and left-hander David Peterson to the deal and it'll be hard for Boston to turn them down.
The Mets are in win-now mode, so it'll take some future pieces to get a player like Betts, even though he'll be a free agent following the 2020 season.