Mets and Brewers have had preliminary trade talks, sources say. Mets are looking at Brewers position players. @FOXSports
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 10, 2015
Milwaukee has started 22-37 and is already 16 games behind the division-leading Cardinals in the NL Central, but does have some interesting offensive pieces to sell should they so choose.
Of particular interest to the Mets, who entered Wednesday surprising leaders in the NL East at 31-28, would be infieldiers Jean Segura and Aramis Ramirez.
Segura, a 25-year-old shortstop, is in his fourth big league season and has rebounded from a sluggish 2014 by hitting .287/.322/.408 in 44 games in 2015 with three home runs and seven steals. Segura was an All-Star in 2013 when he hit .294/.329/.423 with a dozen home runs and 44 stolen bases.
His current numbers would provide an upgrade at shortstop for the Mets, who have primarily used 23-year-old Wilmer Flores there this season. Flores has started 52 games at shortstop this season and is hitting .245/.270/.417, though he does have nine home runs among his 47 hits this season.
The Mets could also look at Ramirez to upgrade at third base with David Wright out indefinitely. Ramirez's numbers have dipped this season, his 18th in the majors, to .213/.257/.390 with seven home runs in 48 games. He would still be an upgrade at the position for New York, which has used Eric Campbell at the hot corner in Wright's absence and has seen him hit just .198/.394/.301 with a pair of home runs in 33 games.
If the Mets decide to go all-in on contending in 2015 and/or if Milwaukee goes for the full rebuild, there could also be a move of outfielders Carlos Gomez or Ryan Braun to New York, likely for some of the Mets' talented young pitching.
UPDATE: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are not interested in a deal for Ramirez, but are looking for someone with more positional flexibility:
mets dont see aramis as fit now. still hope to get wright back. prefer someone for 3B now, then switch positions later.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 11, 2015