New York Mets pursuing Willson Contreras, J.D. Martinez, could Francisco Alvarez be leveraged?

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May 25, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) runs to score against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have been playing some fantastic baseball as of late. They are on a six-game winning streak and starting to get healthy at the right time. With the trade deadline being tomorrow and the Mets looking to make a World Series run, the biggest current question is whether or not the team will make a move.

Some good injury updates

The long-awaited 2022 debut for Jacob deGrom is set to take place for the Mets tomorrow. He met with the media yesterday down in Miami and expressed his excitement to be back, along with the similarities between this Mets team and the one that made the World Series in 2015.

Relief pitcher Trevor May seems to be nearing a return this week himself. He threw two days in a row last week for the Syracuse Mets. In his last appearance, he pitched a scoreless inning.

Lastly, on the injury front, catcher James McCann is set to come back this week. Yesterday, in his first at-bat for Binghamton, he hit a home run.

Trade deadline updates

Starting with Wilson Contreras, per Andy Martino of SNY, the compensation that the Cubs want for him is too rich for the Mets’ liking. Martino stated if the asking price does not go down, the Mets will not make a move to acquire Contreras.

With J.D. Martinez, he seems like the most likely bat the Mets could add at the deadline. Dom Smith seems like a lock to be a part of a deal if one comes to fruition with the Boston Red Sox. Per Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated, the latest buzz is once again that the asking price for Martinez is too steep for the Mets.

If the Mets do not get Contreras or Martinez and Christian Vazquez from the Red Sox, Ragazzo states that Trey Mancini would be the next option for the Mets.

Calling up Mark Vientos and Francisco Alvarez

Per Martino, the Mets have no interest in moving Mark Vientos for a rental like Contreras, Martinez, or Vazquez. Vientos is close to being called up by the Mets. He had an RBI double in yesterday’s game for Syracuse.

With Alvarez, Martino reported unless it is for Juan Soto or Shohei Ohtani, they will not move him. If the Mets cannot acquire Contreras or Vazquez, it will be fascinating to see if Alvarez gets called up. The young prospect hit a home run yesterday.

Brandon Nimmo states Mets want him long-term

Brandon Nimmo, now in his seventh year with the Mets, is set to be a free agent after the season. He recently stated that the Mets are “very interested” in keeping him long-term and that he is “appreciative” of that.

Nimmo said, “I love being a part of the Mets… This is all I have known, it’s what I’ve grown up in. It would be very special to stick around here. There are not many guys that get to spend their whole careers with one team, but it has to fit for both sides. They have come and expressed they would like me to be a Met, and we’ll see what that means after the season”.

Nimmo has developed into a great player and leader for the Mets. In 2022, Nimmo is batting .262 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs. He should break his career-best in terms of runs batted in and could potentially set a new personal season-high with home runs.

Series preview with the Washington Nationals

The Mets carry their six-game winning streak into another division series on the road with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals enter this series with a 35-68 record. This is an ideal opportunity for the Mets to take care of business and keep building.

The Mets bats have been better as of late and are coming off arguably their best game of the year yesterday. Lastly, we will finally get to see the one-two punch of Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom over the next two days.

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