NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s no secret that the Mets are in the market for a shortstop.
They have been throughout the offseason and into spring training.
But with easy passing day, it looks less and less likely that general manager Sandy Alderson will sign free agent Stephen Drew.
With Opening Day less than two weeks away, Alderson is in talks with both the Mariners and the Diamondbacks about acquiring a shortstop, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
The D-Backs desperately need a pitcher with ace Patrick Corbin likely to miss the 2014 season, and general manager Kevin Towers has his eye on top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.
But according to Heyman, the Mets will not part with “Thor” in a deal for a shortstop with the aforementioned teams.
“He has great stuff and big (guts),” one scout told Heyman in regard to Syndergaard. “I think he’s better than (Zack) Wheeler.”
The Mets have been linked to D-Backs shortstops Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius, but Towers is more likely to trade Gregorius, according to Heyman. The Mariners’ Nick Franklin is another reported target of the Amazin’s.
The Mets have a wealth of young pitching — from Rafael Montero to Jack Leathersich to Jacob deGrom — but Alderson has been reluctant to part with any of his promising arms.
As it currently stands, Ruben Tejada is slated to be New York’s starting shortstop when the team breaks camp for Queens. But the 24-year-old hasn’t exactly given Alderson and company much reason to believe in him.
After a disastrous 2013 in which he batted .202 with no homers, 10 RBIs and a .259 on-base percentage — and committed eight errors in 55 games, for good measure — he’s embarrassed himself in spring training, looking worse than ever. Tejada is just 3-for-25 with six strikeouts and has made four errors in just nine games.
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