The Indians are more likely to deal 2B Jason Kipnis now that they've inked 1B Yonder Alonso to a reported two-year, $16 million contract.
In an effort to acquire a starting second baseman, the Mets held trade talks with the Indians for Kipnis prior to the MLB Winter Meetings, Newsday's Marc Carig reported at the time.
They reportedly also talked this offseason with the Pirates about Josh Harrison, the Phillies about Cesar Hernandez, and have expressed interest in free-agent infielders Neil Walker and Ryan Goins.
The Indians intend to compete for a World Series next season, so their goal isn't to trade Kipnis for no-name prospects just so they can save money. Instead, though they want to free up second base for their top prospect and shed long-term salary, they also want to acquire a starter or reliever that will help them in 2018...
This is why, as I said yesterday, swapping Kipnis for AJ Ramos could be a nice fit.
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos (44) (Brad Penner)
In such a swap, the Mets would get a tried-and-true professional second baseman for two years and roughly $15 million per season. The Indians would then add Ramos, who is a terrific reliever and a bargain at just a one-year and $9 million.
Kipnis can also play outfield and has a fan in Mickey Callaway, who coached Kipnis the last four years in Cleveland.
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