The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is only six days away. And given the Mets still 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 nine contenders, from most to least likely...
1) Addison Reed
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.
2) Jay Bruce
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.
3) Asdrubal Cabrera
Cabrera's departure presumably would coincide with Amed Rosario getting a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas, assuming the phenom's stomach ailment is behind him.
So, if you want to see Rosario, you should be rooting for a trade involving Cabrera. There's a reason Cabrera made his first major league start at third base this past weekend, because the Mets clearly are shopping him at that position.
4) Lucas Duda
Will the Yankees and Mets partner on a deal? Duda is in his final season before hitting free agency. And like with Rosario at shortstop, prospect Dominic Smith is waiting in the wings to assume the first base role. So this is Duda's last season, if not last week, as a Met.
5) Curtis Granderson
Granderson is in the final year of his current deal. But he's pretty much become the Mets' fourth outfielder of late for a reason. So could the Mets even find a taker if they wanted? Trading Bruce alleviates the need to deal Granderson anyway.
6) Jerry Blevins
A lefty specialist like Blevins surely would draw interest. However, Alderson said he is uninterested in tearing down the team. And the Mets hold $7 million team option on Blevins for next season.
Why not just retain Blevins in order to field the most competitive team possible in 2018?
7) Neil Walker
Walker has started a rehab assignment for a balky hamstring and should be activated from the DL before July 31. He probably clears waivers and will be eligible to be traded in August, too.
8) T.J. Rivera
The Red Sox are among the teams who have inquired. But the Mets want a boatload in return considering Rivera has five more full seasons of control before he is eligible for free agency. Heck, Rivera could end up the starting third baseman next season if his production continues.
9) Jacob deGrom
Jose Quintana got dealt by the White Sox to the Cubs, so nothing is impossible. But deGrom is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season and has been the Mets' most reliable pitcher. He's not getting dealt unless a team makes an offer Alderson just cannot refuse.
Adam Rubin (Facebook | Twitter | Contact) has covered the Mets since 2002. He previously worked for the Daily News and ESPN. He also serves as assistant athletic director for strategic communications at NYIT. He is a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the University of Pennsylvania.