With the Brewers acquiring Jonathan Villar, could they now shop Jean Segura?

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On Wednesday, the Brewers announced they acquired SS Jonathan Villar from the Astros in exchanged for right-handed pitching prospect Cy Sneed.

Villar will add to the Brewers depth at shortstop along with Jean Segura.

But could the Brewers end up shopping Segura now that they have Villar?

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opines that a trade involving Segura is indeed a possibility.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York said on Tuesday the Mets intend to look for a shortstop through the trade market for a shortstop which could push Wilmer Flores to second base.

This strategy could certainly be a Plan B for the Mets, as the options – including Segura – are not particularly attractive on either the trade or free agent markets. It seems preferable and easier to upgrade at second base, as there are free agents available to fill that void.

They could consider acquiring Segura, who is arbitration eligible for the first time in 2016 and would make considerably less than the figure Ruben Tejada stands to earn through the arbitration process. Continue reading

Heyman’s Notes: Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez on the Mets radar

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The Mets and their on-going search for offense on the trade market has yielded no results to date.

Part of their dilemma could be their continued reluctance to deal any of their current starting pitchers at the big league level, including Steven Matz who is on the disabled list, writes Marc Carig of Newsday.

Here’s the latest from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports/MLB Network on the Mets pursuit of offense:

  • The Mets are, aiming high in their search for offense, as both Padres OF Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez are on their radar. Both would be fits for the Mets with Gomez being the better defensive player. Upton can be a free agent at the end of the year, so if the Mets acquired him, he would be ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. If the Mets were to re-acquire Gomez (remember, the Mets traded him in a package to the Twins for Johan Santana in February, 2008), they would be on the hook for about $12-13m through 2016, after which he can become a free agent.
  • The Mets are not high on Jean Segura as he doesn’t fit their style of hitting. He could be viewed as a fallback option if they fail to acquire a higher-end bat. He has also been a below average shortstop so far in 2015.
  • The Braves may be trying to trade Juan Uribe to the Mets, but the Mets haven’t shown much interest to this point. Acquiring Uribe would conceivable force the Mets to shift Daniel Murphy back to second base and Wilmer Flores to shortstop, a situation which didn’t prove ideal during the first half.

Heyman’s notes: Padres scouting Mets, not fans of Segura or Castro, Rollins is unlikely

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BaronTrade winds are beginning to blow harder and harder around the game. And the Mets appear to be exploring multiple ways to improve their sub-competitive offense ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

Here is the latest from CBS Sports/MLB Network’s Jon Heyman on the Mets and their search for bats:

  • Padres scouts are said to be watching the Mets minor league system, which raises speculation about possible interest in OF Justin Upton. Upton is a great fit for the Mets both in the short and long-term, but can be a free agent at the end of the year, meaning if he’s moved, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer if he elects free agency after the World Series.
  • The Mets are not enamored with Brewers SS Jean Segura despite Jon Morosi of FOX Sports saying on Friday the club is talking to the Brewers about a possible deal involving the 25-year-old shortstop.
  • They have the same sentiments as well as Cubs SS Starlin Castro, who is owed $41 million through 2020. Castro, 25, has been below league average at shortstop defensively and has posted a -0.5 WAR in 2015 while hitting .251 with five home runs and 27 RBI. However, Castro’s 583 hits since 2012 are the fifth-most during that span.
  • Regarding diminished Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins, a Mets executive told Heyman they, “wouldn’t go there.”
  • Despite improved an improved performance over the last month, the industry is not particularly intrigued with Jon Niese.
  • The Mets had been thought to be progressing on a deal for A’s utility player Ben Zobrist. Joel Sherman of the New York Post said last week Alderson’s interests are high enough in the soon-to-be free agent that the club would consider an above-market value deal for the super-utility player. But for now, A’s GM Billy Beane  is not currently making Zobrist available, according to Sherman.

For details on Upton, check out Rich MacLeod’s story from yesterday, which includes four other outfielders the Mets could consider.

For more on Segura, check out this post from Friday morning.

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 could be eying Brewers infielders, interested in Ben Zobrist

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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.