NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On Monday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said trade rumors involving Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy were “dead on arrival.”
That speculation has since risen from the dead.READ MORE: New Medical Options For Uterine Fibroids Include Radio Frequency Ablation, New Drugs
According to multiple reports, the Mets and Brewers have resumed discussions regarding the two-time All-Star, although several other teams are also believed to be in the mix.
The Indians, Tigers, Rangers and Astros are among those teams reportedly interested in Lucroy. WFAN insider Jon Heyman reported that the Mets are not the current front-runners for him.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal backed that up, reporting that there is no sign the Mets and Brewers are close on a deal.READ MORE: State Department Temporarily Shuts Down Online Booking System For Passport Appointments, Adding Frustration To Post-Pandemic Backlog
The Mets had reportedly offered catcher Travis d’Arnaud in a straight swap for Lucroy, but that offer was rejected. New York would have to up its ante, but is reluctant to deal second-year outfielder Michael Conforto or top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith.
Just as they were a year ago, the Mets are approaching the non-waiver trade deadline desperately in need of an offensive boost. New York has an MLB-worst .238 team batting average and ranks 28th in runs scored. D’Arnaud is hitting .246 with two home runs.
Meanwhile, Lucroy, 30, is batting .300 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs. He also has a team-friendly contract. Lucroy is owed the balance of his $4 million salary this season and has a $5.25 million club option for 2017.
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The Mets are also in the market for a relief pitcher, according to reports. Among the names being mentioned are the Braves’ Jim Johnson and the Angels’ Joe Smith, who started his career with the Mets.