Based on my own conversations, published reports, and reading between the lines, I'm convinced the Mets intend to have a new, everyday second baseman on the team next season.
The Mets held back channel talks this week with a number of teams open to trading a second baseman, including Marlins 2B Dee Gordon and Indians 2B-OF Jason Kipnis, according to MLB insiders.
Gordon is 100 percent available, according to people in contact with their new front office. However, at least for now, he still comes with a substantial price tag.
Miami's asking price for Gordon will remain this way until they have better read on their top priority, which is finding a new home for Giancarlo Stanton and his $295 million contract.
The Marlins reportedly want to cut as much as $65 million from their payroll next year, during which Stanton is due to earn $26 million. Gordon is set to be paid just $10 million.
As I mentioned here earlier this week, if Miami doesn't get (or doesn't think they'll get) enough salary relief by dealing Stanton, they may resort to giving away Gordon and Martin Prado in trade.
That said, because the Stanton market is roaring and just got started, Gordon remains on Miami's back burner, which is where he'll stay unless a team is willing to overpay in talent to get him.
In addition to Gordon and Kipnis, it's safe to assume the Mets also picked up information on Twins 2B Brian Dozier and Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler, all of whom are reportedly available in a trade.
In return for Kipnis, NY Post reporter Joel Sherman recently suggested the Mets trade Robert Gsellman and infield prospect Luis Guillorme to Cleveland, who (to get Gsellman) would need to pay a portion of Kipnis's two-year, $30 million contract.
Sherman believes a similar two-player package would be enough to acquire Dozier or Kinsler, though each may be less attractive to the Mets because they're both free agents after next season.
In the end, if the Mets don't acquire Gordon, I believe they'll find a way to get Kipnis, Kinsler, Dozier or free-agent infielders Neil Walker or Eduardo Nunez.
The point is, the Mets have options, especially since the Brewers, Blue Jays, Rays, and Angels appear to be their only competition in the market place.
Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is the host of SNY's MetsBlog Q&ACast and the lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. His new book, The New York Mets Fans' Bucket List, details 44 things every Mets fan should experience during their lifetime. To check it out, click here!