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Should the Mets trade for an outfielder who can hit right-handed pitching?

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Joel Sherman thinks the Mets should find a platoon partner for Juan Lagares.

Brock Holt could provide some much-need offense, as well as defensive flexibility.
Brock Holt could provide some much-need offense, as well as defensive flexibility.
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The Mets' offense is a problem, and Joel Sherman of the Post suggests the Mets should acquire an outfielder who can hit right-handed pitching to platoon with Juan Lagares, who has struggled at the plate this year. As Sherman points out, he has especially bad against right-handed pitchers, hitting just .246/.262/.320.

Sherman lists Will Venable, Gerardo Parra, David Peralta, Seth Smith, and Brock Holt as players he thinks the Mets could target in a trade.  Holt seems like the best player on the list.

The 27-year-old gone from a spare part with the Pittsburgh Pirates to a valuable commodity in Boston, hitting .295/.383/.424 this year and slightly better against righties. He's also one of just a few players in the majors who has successfully made a home for himself at nearly every position on the field: between this year and last year in Boston, he's played everywhere but pitcher and catcher.

It wouldn't be fair to call him the next Ben Zobrist, but few teams would turn down such flexibility. Holt isn't even arbitration-eligible until 2017 and could provide valuable cover for injuries that will inevitably occur at several positions. But the Red Sox are six games out in the AL East at 39-45 and have played better lately. With the American League East still so up in the air, they might not be looking to make any trades that would hurt their chances this season just yet.