The Mets are looking to acquire a shortstop and a left fielder with power through trade, possibly in return for Bartolo Colon, whom the Mets are listening to proposals on and may deal (Rubin, July 14).
According to former GM now ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, the Mets can expect to be offered one, good upper-level prospect in a 1-for-1 deal for Colon (ESPN Insider, June 27).
Two players that have been rumored as possibilities at shortstop are the Cubs’ starter Starlin Castro and prospect Javier Baez. Another name in the conversation has been Diamondbacks’ Didi Gregorius, but reports say Gregorius unlikely to be dealt midseason.
Castro is a perfect match for the Mets, an anonymous member of the Mets told columnist John Harper (Daily News, July 7). Castro, 24, is in the second year of a seven-year, $60-million contract, which includes a $16 million team option in 2020.
However, neither side is inclined to explore a deal for Castro until after the season, according to Harper’s sources.
5 p.m.: The Cubs aren’t expected to deal Castro this season, and might move him to third base to make room for recently acquired Addison Russel. They could move top prospect Kris Bryan to the outfield (Lennon, Short, July 14).
The Yankees, A’s, Blue Jays, Angels, Orioles, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Mariners have all been listed in reports as teams that could have interest in acquiring Colon.
The 41-year-old Colon will earn $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015. He has a 3.99 ERA in 121.2 innings this year.