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Rumor: Mets’ key plans for MLB trade deadline should put NL East on notice

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As the MLB trade deadline is now less than a month away, the New York Mets already have notable plans to bolster their roster in the coming weeks.

USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale provided updates on how several teams are looking to approach this season’s trade deadline. Among them, the Mets “want to be aggressive” come Aug. 2.

Nightengale further added that the Mets are not aiming to go all out at the trade deadline. He noted that the current NL East leaders are not considering including their top prospects in deals. Instead, they are “telling teams” that they would much prefer to take in “large contracts.”

According to Spotrac, the Mets’ projected tax payroll for the 2022 campaign currently sits at $289.1 million, which is just a bit below the fourth-tier luxury tax number of $290 million. Mets owner Steve Cohen did acknowledge before the season that his team “probably will” get over the $290 million payroll threshold this year.

In the big picture, the Mets have been linked with a multitude of players for a possible deal. For one, they are reportedly looking to acquire a hitter ahead of the trade deadline and have been in the rumor mill with the likes of Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini and Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras.

Overall, the Mets do not have a shortage of coveted prospects in their farm system. According to MLB.com, they boast four top-100 ranked prospects, including catcher Francisco Alvarez.

The Mets currently hold a 51-31 record, and they are set to host the Miami Marlins for a four-game series beginning on Thursday.