NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets have until July 31 — the non-waiver trade deadline — to make a move.
They clearly need a bat, and while Justin Upton and Carlos Gomez are reportedly on New York’s radar, Ben Zobrist appears to be a more realistic option for the Amazin’s.
According to the New York Daily News, the Mets and A’s have discussed a deal involving the 34-year-old utility player.
A deal is not imminent, according to the newspaper.
The Daily News reports that A’s general manager Billy Beane has identified the prospects he would want from Mets GM Sandy Alderson in a deal.
CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported last week that the Mets’ top four pitchers — Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz — are untouchable. It’s highly unlikely that Beane would even consider asking for one of New York’s prized young arms in a deal for Zobrist.
Zobrist is earning $7.5 million this season, and he’s set to be a free agent after the season.
The two-time All-Star is incredibly versatile. He’s played second base, left field and right field for Oakland this season, and has experience at shortstop, center field, third base and first base.
In 216 at-bats this season, Zobrist — a switch-hitter — is hitting .259 with five home runs and 32 RBIs. He’s ripped 18 doubles and has a .348 on-base percentage.
In addition to potentially trading for a bat, the Mets are considering calling up top prospect Michael Conforto if and when Michael Cuddyer is placed on the disabled list.