The Mets have been reportedly shown interest in acquiring Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez in recent weeks.
The Mets had previously been weighing an opportunity to acquire the veteran third baseman, Marc Carig of Newsday wrote in early June. However, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said at the time it was unlikely the Mets would acquire Ramirez due to his diminished skill set and the inability to move Ramirez should David Wright return this season.
In addition, any deal for Ramirez would require the Mets to take on the remainder of Ramirez’s $14 million salary for 2015, writes Carig, although that would lessen the cost in prospects in trade.
Since the initial report of the Mets interest emerged, the club’s stance on acquiring a static third baseman has changed. Sandy Alderson told reporters a couple of weeks ago the club would now consider doing so in light of the growing uncertainty surrounding Wright and his attempted comeback from symptoms related to spinal stenosis.
But after watching Ramirez last week when the club was in Milwaukee, team officials came away unimpressed with Ramirez, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, further reducing the chances the Mets make a formal bid to the Brewers.
Ramirez is not an ideal fit at all. He’s retiring, he’s a static player, and while he’s historically been a better second half player, who knows how much he has left in the tank at this point in his career.
He’s owed about $8-9 million, so that can be a significant gamble for the team to take, especially if he continues to be unproductive. Unfortunately, the Mets may have to assume some risk and take a chance in order to get better, whether it’s a risk taken in Ramirez or another bat. But as Sherman said, Ramirez looked pretty diminished when the Mets faced the Brewers last week, making it clear the risk might outweigh the reward in this case.
The reality is, the Mets may already have their interim third baseman in Daniel Murphy. It’s his best position, so if the Mets go and get Ramirez or another third baseman, they would have to shift Murphy back to second and Wilmer Flores back to shortstop, a situation which has been proven to be unpassable for any duration.
Perhaps the Mets will consider finding a versatile middle infielder, or maybe going out and finding an outfielder instead.