August 5, 2021

Mets’ big-game hunting could include Betts, Kluber trades (New York Post)

SAN DIEGO — At heart, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen remains a showman determined to create a buzz that goes beyond the Mets’ play on the field.

It is such mindset that pushed Van Wagenen to declare “come get us” after acquiring Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Jeurys Familia and Wilson Ramos, among others, last offseason despite glaring question marks about his roster.

And that kind of thinking at the trade deadline meant getting Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays, giving the Mets a rotation upgrade for the final two months with an eye toward restocking the 2020 roster in the anticipated event Zack Wheeler departed.

So it would be surprising if the second-year GM doesn’t again swing for the fences, with the winter meetings set to officially begin Monday. There is no guarantee Van Wagenen will be successful in his pursuit, but industry insiders at least expect him to try.

“I think he’s trying to be aggressive,” said a person familiar with Van Wagenen’s broad offseason plan. “But I’m not so sure I see a splash in the cards with them.”

The Mets’ two offseason additions to this point addressed needs, but barely created a ripple, in the trade that…

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