Report: Mets, Athletics talks regarding Ben Zobrist “heating up”

The New York Mets‘ talks with the Oakland Athletics about a trade for Ben Zobrist are “heating up,” but no deal is imminent, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

Oakland has identified what players they would want in a deal, Ackert adds. Talks between the two teams are at the point where they have begun discussing potential pieces in a deal.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported earlier on Tuesday that the Mets and A’s have previously talked about a deal that would send Zobrist to New York in exchange for right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero, but the A’s wanted to see whether or not they could get back into playoff contention.

The Mets are not the only team in on Zobrist, as Heyman lists the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants as other potential suitors.

Zobrist, 34, is one of the most versatile defenders in the game, as he can play any position besides pitcher and catcher. At the plate, Zobrist is an average hitter at best, having hit .258 in 61 games this season to go along with five home runs and 32 RBI.

With Zobrist’s trade market filled with suitors, the Athletics should be able to get a decent trade package in return. Even though no deal is close, Zobrist is still very likely to be traded. His days in Oakland appear to be numbered.

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