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Francisco Álvarez, option for the Mets

The Venezuelan mask could be of great help in the final stretch

Teams can still look for reinforcements internally, to help them in the final stretch of the season. Some could be top prospects, like Venezuela's Francisco Álvarez, but others with smaller bills could be the missing piece for a club in the fight.

It's okay to dream, right? The Mets didn't acquire a catcher at the trade deadline, and while the 20-year-old continues to have some glove issues, he's closing Queens by hitting hard. Ignore Alvarez's BABIP in Syracuse and look at the fact that nine of his 15 hits in Triple-A have been extra-base hits, including five home runs.

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The Mets may look comfortable atop the NL East, but if they want to increase their pennant chances in the fall, they could give their top prospect a chance before the end of the season.

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