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Mets trade rumors: New York interested in Andrelton Simmons

The Mets have reached out to a division rival as they look to acquire a shortstop.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets quest for a shortstop has taken them to a division rival, as they asked the Braves about Andrelton Simmons, according to ESPN's Buster Olney:

Simmons has hit .263/.325/.343 this season with just three home runs in 350 at bats. While his .668 OPS would not be much of an upgrade over what the Mets have gotten from Wilmer Flores at shortstop this season, the real attraction with Simmons is his defense. Simmons has already accumulated 17 Defensive Runs Saved this season, best among shortstops in the majors, while Flores has -5 DRS in 2015 and that number has been below zero throughout his career. Simmons' 105 DRS since 2012 is by far the most in baseball.

That said, it does not appear that the Braves are willing to make Simmons available, at least to a division rival. The 25-year-old, who is a two-time Gold Glove winner, signed a seven-year, $58 million contract extension prior to the 2014 season, so he is under contract for no more than $15 million a year through 2020. The contract certainly makes Simmons a valued commodity in a trade, but also makes him worth keeping around from the Braves perspective, even if they do not plan on contending in the immediate future.

Simmons is not the only shortstop the Mets have looked at as the trade deadline approaches, as they have had interersted in the Athletics' Ben Zobrist and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, among others in their pursuit of an upgrade at the position.

Whether the Mets find a shortstop before Friday's trade deadline remains to be seen, but it certainly looks like that shortstop will not be Simmons.