Report: Mets monitoring market for Santana, Gordon, Kipnis

by 6d ago
Jasen Vinlove / USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

The New York Mets appear to have an idea of what they want to do this offseason and it involves acquiring both a first and second baseman.

New York is monitoring the trade markets for Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins and Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The Mets have also spoken with the agent of Carlos Santana and view him as a difference-maker who could play at first full time, according to Puma.

After trading both Neil Walker and Lucas Duda last season, the Mets relied on a second-base rotation of Jose Reyes and Gavin Cecchini, with Dominic Smith getting the bulk of the reps at first.

Both Gordon and Santana would be upgrades for the Mets. Kipnis had a down year in 2017, but posted a .811 OPS with 23 home runs in 2016.

PLAYER POS PA HR RBI OPS WAR
Dee Gordon 2B 695 2 33 .716 3.3
Jason Kipnis 2B 373 12 35 .705 0.7
Jose Reyes IF 561 15 58 .728 2.0
Gavin Cecchini 2B 82 1 7 .529 -0.4
Carlos Santana 1B 667 23 79 .818 3.0
Dominic Smith 1B 183 9 26 .658 -0.6

Santana reportedly has been a popular free-agent target of up to 10 teams, while the markets for Gordon and Kipnis have been quiet.

The Marlins are interested in trading Gordon, according to Barry Jackson and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.