Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Seeing an Abundance of Options at Second Base

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Seeing an Abundance of Options at Second Base

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After securing righty reliever Anthony Swarzak during the Winter Meetings and formally announcing the signing on Friday, Mets officials have now turned their attention to upgrading their offense.

The Mets are planning to acquire a second baseman via trade or through free agency, and also would like to acquire a versatile first baseman/outfielder.

Acquiring the second baseman is higher on the Mets' priority list, and there are still some intriguing trade options available as the position player market has yet to erupt. The Mets were not close to making a deal as of Friday afternoon, per a source.

"We spent part of this morning looking at (second base), reordering our options and there's still many different possibilities," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday before the Winter Meetings wrapped up. "We'll go home and keep an eye on that board and see what transpires the next few weeks."

The Mets had interest in Detroit's Ian Kinsler and engaged the Tigers in trade talks, but Kinsler held power in the negotiations due to his no-trade clause that included the Mets. That clause led to the Angels acquiring Kinsler for a pair of unheralded prospects.

The trade market for second baseman is more robust than free agency, and options include Cleveland's Jason Kipnis, Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison and Philadelphia's Cesar Hernandez. Miami recently acquired Starlin Castro from the Yankees, but a source indicated the Mets were not that high on the free-swinging veteran in the past.

Kipnis is perhaps the most intriguing option due to his past success and his connection to new Mets manager Mickey Callaway. However, a source indicated Friday that talks had quieted regarding a possible trade for Cleveland's two-time All-Star.

The infielder has approximately $30.5 million left on his contract that includes a 2020 team option for $16.5 million or a $2. …

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