Of course they are.
A number of contending teams are eyeing the potential availability of the Boston Red Sox All Star player JD Martinezwith the Mets being one of the clubs mentioned.
According to league sources, the Mets (and others) are monitoring the situation in Boston as to whether or not they will be sellers as we approach the Aug. 2 trade deadline. The Mets are believed to really like Martinez given the significant impact his bat would have in their lineup.
Boston’s latest loss on Sunday dropped them to .500; they’ve lost 9 of their last 10 games and are 3 1/2 out of the third wild card spot in the American League. Not to mention, they’re 17 1/2 games behind the Yankees in fourth place in the AL East, with the last-place Baltimore Orioles just a half-game behind them.
Although the Red Sox still have a chance to make the postseason, it has become abundantly clear that they will not be able to seriously contend for a World Series title this year. They also have a number of talented, high-priced veterans approaching free agency, with Martinez being one of them, as well as shortstop Xander Bogaerts (player option), who could be another big name to hit the open market in the offseason. Some in the industry are under the impression that if Boston doesn’t sell at the deadline, they will this winter. Why not take a lead? In Martinez’s case, they can either take pieces from him now or let him walk in free agency for nothing.
The Red Sox and Mets discussed a possible trade involving the first baseman/DH Dominic Smith in recent weeks. Various player names are usually mentioned in these types of conversations, so it’s certainly possible that Smith could be packaged with a prospect or multiple deal for Martinez, although the likelihood of that happening is currently unknown.
The Mets are still looking for another bat after landing the DH Daniel Fogelbach in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Vogelbach handles right-handed pitching (.896 OPS, 149 wRC+ in 2022), but the Mets need a bat that can at least hit lefties.
Manager Billy Eppler also made it clear he favors positional flexibility when looking at potential future offensive upgrades.
“In general, I’ll appreciate positional flexibility — unless we’re talking about full-impact players,” Eppler said Friday.
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Martinez has experience in the corner of the outfield, but has served strictly as a DH this season. He’s not viewed as a defensive option, so it’s hard to imagine him fitting in with the Mets given that he would minimize roster flexibility. However, the five-time All-Star qualifies as a “total impact player.”
Martinez, who turns 35 next month, is a right-hander whose home runs (9) and RBI totals (38) are down a bit, but he’s still slashing .302/.368/.481 with an .849 OPS . He comes along with impressive experience and would be a major production upgrade at the DH spot for the Mets.
In addition to Martinez, who the Mets have interest in, New York has shown interest Josh Bell (discussed a trade proposal with Washington, as Inside the Mets reported), Trey Mancini and CJ Cronby the way.
Michael Marino provided additional accountability in that history.
– Mets discussed trade offer with Nationals for Josh Bell
– Mets acquire 1B/DH Daniel Vogelbach from Pirates
– Jacob de Grom to make at least 1 more rehab start before the Mets return
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