Mets have had preliminary trade talks with Brewers
The Mets have had preliminary trade talks with the Brewers, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported.
Last week, Ken Rosenthal suggested that the Mets — who were scouting the Brewers — could have interest in Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura. However, later in the week, it was reported that the Mets do not have interest in Ramirez.
Aside from Ramirez and Segura, other Brewers who could be on the trading block include Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, and Gerardo Parra.
The Brewers are 22-37 and are in last place in the N.L. Central.
The Mets can use upgrades all over the diamond and on the bench. Most importantly, they need help at third base and in the outfield.
Of the players Milwaukee has available, the most intriguing names are Braun and Gomez, but there are likely issues the Mets will have as it pertains to both of them.
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After this season, Braun has $96 million owed to him through 2020. He’s a corner outfield bat that would be a perfect fit for the Mets — who could then platoon Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer — but it’s hard to see the Mets being willing or able to absorb the money Braun is owed. It’s also difficult to envision the Mets splitting time between Granderson and Cuddyer with them both owed a significant amount of money beyond this season.
Gomez, who makes $9 million next season before becoming a free agent, would also be a tremendous get for the Mets. However, the Mets recently signed Juan Lagares to a contract extension, meaning they’re unlikely to trade for someone whose value is as a center fielder. Perhaps a deal for Gomez would include Lagares, but nothing the Mets have done under Sandy Alderson suggests they’ll go after Gomez.
Parra, who is a free agent after this season and is owed roughly $4 million through the rest of 2015, would be a solid addition for the bench, but he doesn’t profile as an everyday player.
Regardless of how unlikely acquiring Braun or Gomez might seem, the Mets should really be open to anything at this point. Their offense is a mess at the moment, and the team should be operating as if David Wright isn’t coming back — even if he most likely will be coming back.
An offensive jolt is needed, and you have to give to get, both in terms of players and money. However, it remains to be seen if the Mets are willing to do what it takes to make the necessary upgrades.