The Mets are ready to listen to trade offers for their pending free agents, such as Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrera, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
The 31-41 Mets are 12.0 games behind the Nationals for first place in the N.L. East and 14.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.
Bruce, Reed, and Granderson are all set to become free agents after the season.
Neil Walker, who accepted the team's qualifying offer during the offseason, will also be eilgible for free agency after the season, along with Fernando Salas, Rene Rivera, and Jose Reyes.
The Mets hold an $8.5 million option on Cabrera for the 2018 season, with a $2 million buyout.
Cabrera (thumb) is set to return from the disabled list on Friday night, while Walker (hamstring) is at least a few weeks away from returning.
Bruce, 30, is hitting .269 with a .340 OBP and .541 SLG with 19 HR this season.
Granderson, 36, struggled earlier this season, but is hitting .313 with a .450 OBP and .688 SLG with five HR in June.
Reed, 28, has been filling in at closer in Jeurys Familia's absence. He has a 2.72 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with 39 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings (35 games) this season.
The Mets have little to show for a largely atrocious season so far, but they do have one thing in great supply: pending free agents. The team will turn over half the starting lineup in the offseason, so expect trade rumors galore over the next six weeks.
GM Sandy Alderson has earned his reputation for generally getting value as a seller, so they could end up being one of the more active teams in baseball at the deadline.
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Lucas Duda may end up being the most likely position player to be traded by the Mets, assuming Sandy Alderson decides to trade away an asset or two in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
As of right now, I don't know of a single National League team that is looking to acquire a first baseman, who is on his way to being a free agent. That said, Duda would be a nice fit in the American League, specifically filling in at first base for the Yankees or replacing Hanley Ramirez in Boston as a DH. >> Read more