The Mets could be eying a couple of players on the left side of the Brewers’ infield.
Jim D’Alola, the Mets director of professional scouting, was in Minnesota this weekend, presumably to watch the Brewers, opines Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Rosenthal believes D’Alola could have been scouting both 3B Aramis Ramirez and SS Jean Segura.
Rosenthal believes the acquisition costs for Ramirez would be lower than Segura due to the fact he’s retiring at the end of the season.
The two teams have spoken, but not recently, Rosenthal said.
Ramirez is obviously an accomplished player and he did make the All-Star Game in his age-36 season last year. He’s retiring at the end of the year, so it’s fair to expect he can be had for a minimal return, although it’s unclear how much of what’s left of his $14 million salary the Mets would be willing to pay.
He’s strictly a third baseman – he does not play any other position. But, he’s still a reasonably good defensive player despite his age, so he could certainly offer stability from a defensive perspective. If David Wright does come back, however, Ramirez would have to go to the bench, but he could serve as a nice insurance policy if Wright has trouble staying on the field in that scenario.
If injected into a pennant race, perhaps his bat would heat up for one last run. He was productive last year for Milwaukee so it’s possible he still has gas in the tank.
As for Segura, he’s off to a decent start although he was recently sidelined with a minor injury. He doesn’t have much power but has speed and makes a lot of contact. He’d probably be a good fit for Citi Field and would give the lineup an element of speed they simply don’t have, even when everyone is healthy.
If the Mets acquired Segura, that would probably end the Wilmer Flores experiment at shortstop, although Segura isn’t a particularly good defensive player. Even so, Flores would likely move to third and Segura would pair with Dilson Herrera or Daniel Murphy if acquired. Segura is younger and cheaper than Ramirez, although he will be arbitration eligible next winter.
In regards to Ben Zobrist, the Mets are in fact interested, according to Rosenthal, but they feel other teams may be willing to deal more in trade to acquire him than they will, eventually.
Already, the Yankees, Nationals and Cubs have reported interest in acquiring Zobrist. However, he remains the best fit for the Mets out of any name being connected to the team, as he can play everyday at multiple infield positions and give them options in the outfield as well (which they may need to soon consider).
Still, several sources have indicated they still seem to very much in the window shopping phase for roster help, and not particularly active on anyone in particular just yet.
Ramirez, 37, has hit just .208/.256/.383 with six home runs and 16 RBI in 160 plate appearances over 44 games this season.
Segura, 25, is hitting .285/.323/.418 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 168 plate appearances over 40 games this season.
Zobrist, 34, is hitting .214/.302/.369 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 96 plate appearances over 24 games this season. He missed about six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee in late April.