The Mets are debating a variety of ways to acquire a new second baseman, including using reliever AJ Ramos in trade, sources recently told TheAthletic.com's Ken Rosenthal.
The Mets acquired Ramos from the Marlins last summer for minor leaguers Merandy Gonzalez and Ricardo Cespedes. Ramos is expected to earn $9 million next season, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.
According to Rosenthal, in the event Ramos is traded, the Mets could end up replacing him by signing a high-end reliever still available on the free-agent market.
Relief pitchers Wade Davis, Addison Reed, and Greg Holland are all seeking multi-year contracts and have yet to be signed this winter.
In regards to second base, the Mets reportedly have held trade talks with the Indians about Jason Kipnis, and they've contacted the Pirates about Josh Harrison.
The team has also reportedly considered free-agent infielders Neil Walker and Ryan Goins.
The Twins had reportedly been open to dealing 2B Brian Dozier, but there have been no substantive trade rumors connected to Minnesota since October. Similarly, while the Phillies are said to be listening to offers for 2B Cesar Hernandez, local reports indicate he is less likely to be traded now that Philadelphia has traded Freddy Galvis to the Angels.
The Indians want an impact pitcher for Kipnis, and I can totally see them wanting Ramos, since he's under contract for just one season. In that swap, assuming it's being talked about, the Mets would get Kipnis for the two years at roughly $15 million per season in exchange for Ramos, who is a bargain for Cleveland on a one-year deal. This also will mean Alderson essentially spent $4 million and traded two minor leaguers to Miami to end up with Kipnis, who is signed for two seasons, can also play outfield, and is adored by Mickey Callaway.
It's also possible Kipnis is not the target. It could be Harrison, since Ramos would also fit well with the Pirates. It could also be that Ramos gets dealt for something lesser with the main goal being to free up money, which is then used to sign a free-agent infielder. I hope that's not the case, though. I like Kipnis, as well as Harrison, and it makes total sense to me that the Indians and Pirates might have interest in Ramos, especially since he's a one-year commitment and has experience being a closer.
I like where this is headed, and hope it's a legit option...