The Mets and Diamondbacks have not had trade talks about a shortstop, despite scouting one another’s players during the last week (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21).
The Mets are looking to trade for a shortstop (Heyman (CBS Sports), March 18). They have also reportedly shown interest in Mariners’ SS Nick Franklin, as well as free agent SS Stephen Drew.
The potential swap between the Mets and D-Backs is worth watching, “it has legs,” according to a person unaffiliated with the two teams (Rubin (ESPN), Mar. 19).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets like Didi Gregorius, but I hear they have concerns about his ability to hit off-speed pitches and his approach to left-handed pitchers. There are zero questions about his defense.
The deal has legs, I’m sure, but it remains unlikely as long as Arizona continues to ask for Noah Syndergaard. Of course, Arizona doesn’t have to trade Gregorius. They can simply send him to Triple-A and revisit interest later this summer, so I don’t blame them for asking for as much as possible right now.
I also can’t see Sandy Alderson trading Rafeal Montero, Jeurys Familia or Jenrry Mejia to get Franklin, who may end up being only slightly better than Wilmer Flores – especially when the Mets can just cave, give free-agent SS Stephen Drew a two-year, $20 million deal, keep their prospects and be done with this nonsense. In the end, I still think Ruben Tejada will be the Opening Day shortstop, which you can read more about here, but I don’t think his place there will last forever… and maybe not even beyond the first few weeks of the season.