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They can't all be Mike Trouts

The Mets will probably acquire imperfect players this winter, and that's okay.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been a mediocre baseball team for the past several years. If you’re reading this, you would probably like them to be a good, maybe even great, baseball team. I’m with you there.

To become a better baseball team, the Mets need new players. Perhaps those players will come up through the minor league system. Or maybe they’ll be acquired via trades or signed to contracts as free agents. We don’t know yet where they’ll come from, but if the Mets are going to improve, they will come from somewhere.

Here’s the thing about new players: they all have flaws. Of course, many of the options on the market have fewer or less significant flaws than players on the Mets’ current roster. But with most baseball players, if you look hard enough, you’ll be able to find something they’re not so great at doing, and that’s okay. Shin-Soo Choo struggles against left-handed pitchers, Jose Abreu is a bit of an unknown since he hasn't played professional baseball in the United States yet, and Robinson Cano and free agents of his caliber likely won’t be worth their salaries in the latter years of their long-term contracts.

There is only one Mike Trout, and he’s probably the least available player in all of baseball. Keep that in mind as the Mets go about acquiring new players this winter.