As of this past May, the Mets were still focused on trading for a young shortstop under team control for many seasons, a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, May 21).
The Mets and Arizona spent time scouting one another’s players during much of Spring Training (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21). The potential for a trade between the Mets and D-Backs has been worth watching, “it has legs,” a person unaffiliated with the two teams said in March (Rubin (ESPN), Mar. 19).
The D-Backs and Mariners were often seen scouting Mets minor leaguers this past March. Insiders say the two sides had low-level talks before the start of the regular season, but the Mets were repeatedly asked to part with Noah Syndergaard, who they still have no interest in moving.
That said, I expect to hear some rumors next week connecting the Mets to Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, as well as Arizona shortstops Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings and the collection of young infielders piling up in Chicago. I doubt anything will happen and that talk will certainly continue this off season.