The Mets have inquired about acquiring Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. With the recent news about David Wright having to undergo neck surgery for a herniated disc, it makes sense that the Mets will be showing interest in acquiring a third baseman to fill in while Wright’s on the mend.
Valencia, 31, has appeared in 46 games with 184 plate appearances for the A’s this season, hitting .327/.370/.550 and launching 10 home runs and driving in 26 runs in the process. The A’s are still last in the AL West, with a winning percentage of .409, so it’s likely that they are moving toward a firesale by the trade deadline.
Currently, the Mets have Wilmer Flores starting at third base, having played 36 games with 112 plate appearances and is hitting .250/.321/.370 on the season. Alternately, on the bench is Kelly Johnson, Ty Kelly, and Eric Campbell.
Oakland is known to be shopping veterans for the second straight year, with Valencia, Sonny Gray, John Axford and Jed Lowrie among the team’s potential trade chips.