The Mets are monitoring Brewers' infielders Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura in advance of the trade deadline at the end of July, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The team is also interested in Ben Zobrist, who is likely to be traded by the Athletics at some point this summer.
Rosenthal notes that the Mets and Brewers have not spoken about a trade in weeks, although top Mets officials have been spotted at recent Brewers games. Ramirez is thought of as a "more practical target" to replace the injured David Wright for the rest of the season due to his pending retirement and his current lack of a no-trade clause. Segura would solve the Mets' ongoing shortstop problem, though he may come at a high price due to his age (25) and status as controllable through the 2018 season.
Zobrist has also drawn interest from the Yankees, Nationals and Cubs, and his versatility makes him attractive to every contender looking to add a valuable piece. Rosenthal reports that the Mets believe they will be outbid in talks for Zobrist, potentially increasing their interest in Ramirez and Segura.
In Wright's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Ruben Tejada and Eric Campbell at the hot corner, with Wilmer Flores manning shortstop despite constantly-swirling rumors about the Mets looking to trade for a shortstop. With the Troy Tulowitzki saga likely to continue into July, the Mets will likely be linked to the Rockies' star and seem positioned to finally make a move to bolster a banged-up infield.