Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates

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The Mets reportedly showed interest in acquiring retiring 3B Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers earlier this season, but he is now headed elsewhere.

The Pirates announced they’ve acquired Ramirez in exchange for minor league pitcher minor league righty Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations.

The Mets were weighing the opportunity to acquire Ramirez in early June, reported Marc Carig of Newsday, although 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, after their series with the Brewers in Milwaukee in mid-June, 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 got off to a slow start in 2015 but has since picked it up, hitting .352/.422/.500 with two home runs and nine RBI in 16 games in July.

Mets have recently renewed talks with the Brewers about Aramis Ramirez, Jean Segura

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As the Mets continue to search for offense, one name who continues to crop up is retiring Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez.

The Mets were weighing the opportunity to acquire Ramirez in early June, reported Marc Carig of Newsday, although 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.

But now, it appears less likely Wright will return in the near-term, which could result in the Mets acquiring a static third baseman. Sandy Alderson has said over the last month they would consider doing so in light of the growing uncertainty Wright will return in 2015.

However, after their series with the Brewers in Milwaukee in mid-June, 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.

That apparently hasn’t completely disinterested the Mets, as they continue to discuss trade scenarios involving both Ramirez and SS Jean Segura, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports said on Friday. Continue reading

Report: Mets unimpressed with Aramis Ramirez


BaronThe 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. 

Mets would consider acquiring a player who only plays third base

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The Mets had been reportedly seeking a versatile player in trade who can play third base now, but could shift off that position and start elsewhere should David Wright return from the disabled list.

However, as time goes on with no clear path to success for Wright’s back injury, it’s becoming more and more apparent the injury is being considered a longer-term situation for 2015.

As such, Sandy Alderson said on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field the team would consider acquiring a static third baseman this summer.

“Would you consider a third baseman who can’t do anything else? Under the current circumstances, yeah, we probably would,” Alderson explained.

Alderson did say they don’t just want to acquire bodies to fill the need at the position – rather they are seeking individuals who can offer significant improvement.

“We’re not just looking for any third baseman,” he explained. “It has to be something we think is an improvement that doesn’t cost us significantly. I’m focusing on the talent part of it for what we’re trying to do this season and next season as well.”

That can be read any number of ways. Obviously, the Mets need to look beyond Wright for this season and consider him a non-option right now. But the team is obviously thinking worst-case scenario in that this could be a problem beyond the scope of 2015, which is a smart way to approach this issue.

Of course, as Alderson has said during this process with Wright, what happens if he comes back, whether its in 2015 or 2016? The answer probably has to be that they’ll worry about that when and if it becomes a problem, and right now, it just doesn’t seem like a problem they’re going to have.

Among the names the Mets have been linked to is Aramis Ramirez, and Marc Carig of Newsday said earlier this week the Mets are weighing an opportunity to acquire the Brewers third baseman. However, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York classified the possibility of the team acquiring him as unlikely.

Andy Martino of the Daily News recently said the Mets are reportedly trying to move both Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, which would certainly support the notion the Mets may need to move one or both in their pursuit to acquire more offense.

However, in regards to Ramirez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said recently the Brewers are not interested in Niese, and a deal involving Gee to Milwaukee seems remote at the present time.

Ramirez is certainly not an ideal fit. He’s retiring, and while he’s historically been a better second half player, who knows how much he has left in the tank. He potentially can improve to replacement value which would probably be better than what they have in Eric Campbell right now, but that doesn’t mean that’s an appropriate solution, as Alderson hinted at.

But, if the Mets can get Ramirez for a minimal return, it might be worth considering while also exploring other deals for more versatile options, assuming they’d be willing to take on the salary. Perhaps the air of a pennant race and meaningful baseball would tap into Ramirez’s reserve down the stretch.

He’s owed about $9 million, so that can be a significant gamble for the team to take, especially his lack of productivity to date and Milwaukee wanting the trade partner to absorb the remainder of his contract 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.

Report: Mets might be exploring a deal for Aramis Ramirez

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The Mets are continuing to explore different ways on the external markets to improve their offense.

Among the names the Mets have been linked to is Aramis Ramirez, and Marc Carig of Newsday the Mets are weighing an opportunity to acquire the Brewers third baseman.

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports also says the Mets are engaged in what he described as preliminary discussions with Milwaukee on their infielders, although Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said both on Monday and on Tuesday the Mets remain unlikely to acquire Ramirez because of his diminishing skills at third base and his inability to move from the position if David Wright returns this season.

Additionally, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says there isn’t much traction in trade talks between the Mets and Brewers regarding Ramirez.

Any deal for Ramirez would require the Mets to take on the remainder of Ramirez’s $14 million salary for 2015, writes Carig, but would lessen the cost in prospects in trade.

After speaking with some people over the last few days, it’s possible the Mets may need to find a taker for one of their extra starting pitchers to accommodate a trade, or involve one of them in a deal for a bat. Andy Martino of the Daily News recently said the Mets are reportedly trying to move both Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, which would certainly support that notion.

However, Rosenthal says the Brewers are not interested in Niese, and a deal involving Gee to Milwaukee seems remote at the present time.

In any case, Ramirez is certainly not an ideal fit, as Rubin said. 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. But, if the Mets can get him for a minimal return, it might be worth considering while also exploring other deals for more versatile options.

He’s owed about $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 perhaps the air of a pennant race and meaningful baseball would tap into Ramirez’s reserve down the stretch.


Ramirez is hitting just .213/.257/.390 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 48 games this season.

Mets third basemen have hit .275/.344/.376 with three home runs this season.