MLB Trade Deadline: One move every team should make

Jun 30, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) takes relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (right) out of the game against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (left) takes relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (right) out of the game against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kris Bryant
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Must make trades for each National League East team: New York Mets

Trade idea: Acquire Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant appeared to be just about done and over with in Chicago. The 2016 season was picture-perfect. Bryant crushed a career-high 39 home runs, batted .292 at the plate and was named the NL MVP.

Fan’s vividly remember a smiling Bryant throwing it to his good friend Anthony Rizzo for the final out of the 2016 World Series which ended a drought that lasted well over 100 years. Although he’s had several extremely productive years since then, everything appeared to be going downhill in 2020. Bryant played in only 34 games, registered just four homers and batted a horrendous .206 at the plate.

Despite his lack of production, the New York Mets attempted to get their hands on him this past offseason. They ultimately couldn’t consummate a deal, believing they had enough fire and star power after signing Francisco Lindor to a 10 year $341 million dollar deal.

It might be early, but Lindor has been a colossal bust. With nearly 100 games played already in the season, Lindor hasn’t cracked double-digit home runs yet. He also ranks near the bottom on his own team in batting average, failing to break .220.

The Mets can use Bryant right about now. So far, he’s batted in 49 runs, 16 homers and is currently hovering around .271 from the plate. In short, Bryant is giving the Cubs the type of production that the Mets thought they were going to get from Lindor. Now, by no means are we saying to give up on Lindor completely but the Mets can surely use a big-time bat at the moment.