The Mets should trade for Manny Machado. With one move, they could excite their fans, grab the back page back from the Yankees, and try to extend their window to win with one of the best players in baseball.
Money is not an issue here. Machado will make about $17 million next year, roughly what the Mets paid Neil Walker in 2017. Sandy Alderson has said many times that there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal.
The only question is whether the Mets have enough to offer in a trade, even with Machado set to become a free agent after the coming season. According to major league sources, the Orioles are seeking two young, controllable pitchers in exchange for Machado, who wants to play shortstop.
The Mets should see if they can tempt the O's with Steven Matz, whose value is limited by his injury history, but who is still young, talented and lefthanded. Add to that one or two of the young arms acquired in last August's selloff. Again, that might not be enough, but it's worth a shot.