The New York Mets haven’t had much go their way this season, including play at shortstop.
Going into the season the Mets were exploring the idea of signing Stephen Drew, but his first round compensation in addition to absurd salary demands rightfully forced the Mets to balk.
That lead to potential trade interest in a handful of players, though Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Didi Gregorius seemed to be the player who the Mets had the most interest in.
No trade was ever made, despite the fact that Arizona opted to send Gregorius to Triple-A after awarding the starting shortstop job to Chris Owings.
Now a few months later, the Mets are still keeping their eye on Gregorius.
The Mets also continue to monitor Arizona’s Didi Gregorius, although that franchise’s recent front office shakeup creates uncertainty. Sandy Alderson has long and complex relationships with both Kevin Towers, the D’Backs GM who worked under him in San Diego, and Tony LaRussa, the newly appointed “chief baseball officer” who managed in Oakland when Alderson was GM. At the moment, it is unclear to other teams which of the two would make a trade, anyway.
Owings hasn’t exactly ran away with the job so it’s not known if the Diamondbacks would even entertain such a move, though Gregorius certainly seems to be on the Mets radar.