Mets met with 8 teams, asked Red Sox about Bradley Jr.

The Red Sox met with the Mets to talk about a possible trade for R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source,” ESPN Boston reporter Joey MacDonald tweeted today.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the two sides had been discussing Dickey prior to these Winter Meetings.

MacDonald says the Mets had interest Red Sox SS prospect Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Jack Bradley, Jr. 

However, “it’s unlikely the Red Sox would part with those two prospects,” MacDonald later added.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said today he’s had preliminary trade talks with other teams about Dickey, who would only be moved “for a difference maker.”

“We’ve met with several clubs on a variety of topics,” Alderson explained. He said he intends to have similar conversations throughout the night.

The Mets met with eight teams Monday about Dickey, a source told ESPN New York.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Updated, 4:55 pm: This is interesting. Bradley gets high marks, especially for his defensive. They also say he’s a very solid hitter with excellent plate discipline and good speed. He’s very, very intriguing, and profiles exactly like the type of player I would expect Alderson to have interest in. Bradley would quickly become Alderson’s best position prospect. Still, I get the feeling the Mets want a player who is more ready than either of these guys, yet MacDonald is reporting it’s the Mets who made the request, which is interesting. I wonder if this deal would include Jarrod Saltalamacchia or something else, with the Mets giving up additional players as well? I’m intrigued.