The non-waiver trade deadline is exactly one week away. And given the Mets are still plodding along at 45-51 and trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.
Who exactly will go? Here's a list of contenders, from most to least likely.
The Mets made out like bandits acquiring Reed from the Diamondbacks on Aug. 30, 2015, for Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. Reed is poised to become a free agent for the first time this winter, and could get closer-type money. So the Mets undoubtedly will part with him now. The only question: Who closes once he's gone? We suppose Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald may be the best candidates.
The Mets have an extra everyday outfielder, and Bruce's 25 homers ought to be attractive to someone. The Mets seemingly would be willing to give Bruce a qualifying offer after the season, though, to either bring him back on a one-year deal or recoup draft-pick compensation. So clearly the Mets won't be willing to give him away.