With Jonathan Lucroy headed to Indians, Mets concentration on Jay Bruce

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In an bid to pitch a understanding to boost their struggling offense, a Mets Saturday honeyed their new trade package to a Brewers for Jonathan Lucroy. But Milwaukee apparently spurned their offer and came to an agreement to understanding a slugging catcher to a Indians.

The Mets, meanwhile, are still articulate to a Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce, according to attention sources, yet they are not a usually group meddlesome in a National League RBI leader. The Mets are posterior other trade avenues, too, combined an central informed with their plans.

The Brewers and Indians are exchanging medical information on a players concerned in their Lucroy agreement, according to a ball central with believe of a talks. The understanding is not nonetheless final since Lucroy has singular no-trade insurance and Cleveland is one of a 8 teams he can refuse.

It’s different who a players are that a Indians will reportedly send to Milwaukee, yet several media reports indicated throwing awaiting Francisco Mejia, outfielder Greg Allen and lefty Justus Sheffield were involved. Fox’s Ken Rosenthal initial reported a agreement and that a Brewers will accept 4 players total, while Yahoo’s Jeff Passan initial reported a clubs were poring over medical reports.

Travis d’Arnaud was a centerpiece of a Mets’ offer, that also enclosed immature outfielder Brandon Nimmo and one other player. It was misleading who a third actor was, yet one source pronounced a Brewers noticed Nimmo as a fourth-outfielder type, so it would’ve had to be a poignant prospect. Dom Smith, a initial baseman rarely regarded by a Mets, has been mentioned, yet it was misleading either his name was brought adult by a Mets or a Brewers.

The Mets were creation a pull to try and seize Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy during trade deadline, yet talks stalled. 

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Two ball executives not connected to a Mets or Brewers pronounced they doubted Milwaukee would take a package headed by d’Arnaud and Nimmo for Lucroy, 30, a two-time All-Star who is batting .300 with 13 homers and an .844 OPS this season. Lucroy is also controllable for 2017 since there is a reasonable $5.25 million group choice on his contract. 

Lucroy was hold out of a Brewers’ lineup Saturday since a bar was “progressing” on trade talks involving him, manager Craig Counsell was quoted as observant in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Counsel pronounced GM David Stearns came to him and told him not to play a catcher. 

“David stopped down and pronounced he’s surpassing on something and we only suspicion it best (Lucroy) not be in a lineup today,” Counsell told a paper. “He has not been traded. He is accessible for us today….But (Stearns) is creation progress, so we suspicion it best not to play him.” 

D’Arnaud started Saturday for a Mets and was 1-for-4. The fact that he was in a lineup was an denote a Mets weren’t tighten to traffic him. “If there was something genuine serious, Sandy (Alderson, a Mets GM) would come down and say, ‘Don’t play him,’ if there was a lot to that,” Terry Collins pronounced before a game. “That has not been a case, so I’m going to play him.” 

Brandon Nimmo was one of a players a Mets are charity up, according to attention sources.

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Of course, final year, Wilmer Flores famously cried on a margin when fans in a stands told him a Mets had concluded to trade him to a Brewers while he was still personification in a game.

Collins pronounced he’s already addressed a Mets about rumblings nearby a trade deadline. “I talked to them as a group and afterwards a other day when Travis’ name initial appeared, we said, ‘Look, it’s partial of a business.’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ve been traded before.'”

“If you’re going to be a big-league player, you’ve got to learn how to play by some of these things,” Collins added.

Bruce, 29, has 25 homers and 80 RBI in 370 at-bats for Cincinnati this year. He is batting .265 with a .316 on-base commission and a .559 slugging percentage.  

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