The 2015 trade deadline is just a few weeks away and trade talks are beginning to pick up steam. There are clear buyers and sellers at this point. One team that looks to be most certainly a buyer is the New York Mets while another team that looks to be a seller is the Milwaukee Brewers. These two clubs have recently been in contact concerning a trade that would involve veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez and shortstop Jean Segura as tweeted by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.
It is not that surprising to see these two involved in trade discussions. The Brewers’ season has been dreadful to say the least and have virtually no shot at making the postseason as they are dead last in the NL Central division. They were expected to draw interest in several of their key assets such as Ramirez and Segura.
Ramirez announced before the season began that this would be his last year playing in the MLB. He has had an underwhelming final year as he is hitting a mere .236/.280/.424 and is due $14MM for the final year of his deal. The Mets have an obvious hole at the hot corner though as veteran David Wright has missed practically the entire year with a back injury and seems very unlikely to see the field again this year. It makes sense for the Mets to want to install a proven option at third for the rest of the season and hope that Ramirez can help install some offense into their struggling lineup.
Segura comes with three more years of club control which are all through arbitration. He grades out to be an average defender at short and has an average bat as well, but looks to be an improvement at short than the Mets’ in-house option Wilmer Flores. That being said it does remain to be seen if both Segura and Ramirez would truly represent a massive upgrade the Mets are seeking to help give them that extra push to get back to the postseason. Expect to see the Mets continue to be involved in trade discussions leading up to the deadline.