The Mets have expressed interest in several trade options at second base, including Cesar Hernandez (Phillies), Brian Dozier (Twins), Ian Kinsler (Tigers), Dee Gordon (Marlins) and Jason Kipnis (Indians), according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.
I wrote an in-depth post earlier this week about Sandy Alderson's quest for a new second baseman, which you can read here. However, based on what I've heard this week...
1) The Phillies have been shooting down trade proposals on Hernadez since last winter. If teams were unwilling to meet their demands a year ago, it's hard to image it will go any different this winter...
2) In return for paying part of Kinsler's $11 million salary, Detroit's asking price is still too high for the Mets and Angels. Also, Kinsler has a 10-team no-trade clause.
3) The Indians aren't 100 percent set on dealing Kipnis.
4) The Twins want a pitcher better than Robert Gsellman in a deal for Dozier.
5) Miami isn't moving Gordon until they know what they're doing with (and saving on) Giancarlo Stanton.
6) Free-agent Neil Walker is rumored to be considering one- and two-year deals.
7) I haven't heard anything recently about free-agent Eduardo Nunez.
8) Exeprts and insiders may think free-agent Howie Kendrick is a good fit for the Mets, but I still don't think he's on Alderson's radar.
My hope is the Mets find a way to get Kipnis. However, based on the above, I still expect they'll end up solving second base by way of the free-agent market.
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