Multiple teams have called the D-Backs trying to trade for Triple-A SS Nick Ahmed (Rosenthal, June 12).
As of late May, the Mets were still focused on trading for a young shortstop under team control for many seasons, a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, May 21).
Ahmed, 24, is batting .304 with a .385 OBP, one HR and 26 RBI in 217 at bats with Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate.
MLB.com ranked him as Arizona’s No. 7 prospect entering this season, while praising his defense and plate discipline.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The D-Backs and Mariners were often seen scouting Mets minor leaguers this past March. Insiders say the two sides had low-level talks before the start of the regular season, but the Mets were repeatedly asked to part with Noah Syndergaard, who they still have no interest in moving.
That said, I expect to hear lots of rumors this July connecting the Mets to Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, as well as Arizona shortstops Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings. And, I guess we now have to add Ahmed to the list, as well. He’s ready for the big leagues. He’s got a great glove. He’s an all-around better player than Wilmer Flores and, for a team lacking infield prospects, he’d be a nice get.
I still think some combination of Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, Kevin Plawecki and Jenrry Mejia will be Alderson’s best shot at trading for a young shortstop. I once heard the D-Backs were very interested in Travis d’Arnaud, but his slow start, injuries and concussion have probably decreased his value. I don’t believe Alderson will waste any of these bullets on Franklin, who may end up being only slightly better than Flores on the infield. Miller may be a different story, since he has a ton of potential, a big bat and a good eye, but decreasing value due to his recent struggles in the big leagues.