The Mets were among five teams scouting the Cubs in recent days (Chicago Tribune, July 31).
The Cubs have reportedly been shopping utility infielder Emilio Bonifacio, who the Mets looked in to acquiring this past winter, Sandy Alderson said before the season (MetsBlog, Feb. 7).
Bonifacio, 29, is hitting .279 with a .318 OBP in in 298 plate appearances this season. He is a switch-hitter, batting well against left-handed pitching, with experience in center field and second base. He is due roughly $1 million the rest of this year, after which he can be a free agent.
The Cubs also have two shortstops among the best seven prospects in baseball, according to a recent list by MLB.com; and their big-league shortstop, Starlin Castro, is hitting .270 with 11 HR and made his third All-Star team this year at just 24 years old.
Castro is a perfect match for the Mets, now that the Cubs have since acquired top SS prospect Addison Russell, an anonymous member of the Mets recently said (Daily News, July 7).
Matthew Cerrone: As for Castro, or Javier Baez, etc., I keep hearing they’re unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer. Instead, like the D-Backs, they will continue to evaluate their collection of shortstops, second and third basemen, and work to acquire under-contract, major-league ready, young starting pitching this winter. I have no idea why Alderson would want Bonifacio, other than it gives him more versatile, mediocre options on his roster.