A Mets trade involving Amed Rosario is far from certain, but names of his potential replacement at shortstop have begun to emerge during this week's Winter Meetings.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been in touch with the representatives for free agents Alcides Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Freddy Galvis, with Galvis being the team's top choice among the trio, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The Yankees have also been in touch with Galvis' camp, reported Sherman.
Galvis is a durable switch hitter who played 162 games in each of the last two seasons. His appeal, however, comes more with his glove than his bat: he had a stellar 98.6 fielding percentage at shortstop for the Padres in 2018.
The 29-year-old Galvis hit .248 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI this past season.
Hechavarria, who most recently played for the Yankees in their brief 2018 playoff run, would be the Mets' second choice, per Sherman.
Rosario's name popped up this week as a player the Mets could potentially deal to the Marlins for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Mets are reluctant to trade Rosario, but not as reluctant as they say publicly, according to SNY's Andy Martino.
Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that Jeff McNeil -- who played three games at shortstop last season for Double-A Binghamton -- could be Rosario's backup in 2019. McNeil is slated to back up Todd Frazier at third base to start the season and fill in at first base "in a pinch."
The Mets also have top prospect Andres Gimenez developing in their farm system. While the 20-year-old shortstop could be counted on in the majors defensively, he will likely need more time to continue at the plate before being called up to the majors.