The Mets have had "serious" discussions with the Indians about trading for 2B Jason Kipnis, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, who says there has been "traction" between the two clubs.
Of the second basemen the Mets are interested in, there has been more traction on a potential deal for Kipnis than Pirates 2B Josh Harrison, reports SNY contributor Andy Martino.
The 30-year-old Kipnis hit .232/.291/.414 wiht 12 HR in 90 games in 2017 while dealing with injuries throughout the season. He dealt with a shoulder injury before the season, and landed on the disabled list twice during the season due to a hamstring injury.
Kipnis played in 141 games in 2015 and 156 games in 2016, when he hit .275/.343/.469 with 23 HR.
He is owed $13.5 million in 2018 and $14.5 million in 2019, with a club option of $16.5 million for 2020 that can be bought out for $2.5 million.
The Mets had also been interested in Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler, who had 10 teams on his no-trade clause and was only willing to accept a trade to the Angels -- where he was dealt on Wednesday night -- reports Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press.
The Tigers had also exchanged names with the Mets, Brewers, and Giants in discussions for Kinsler, but forced the Tigers to deal him to the Angels or wait until July, French explained.