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Mets talk trade with Brewers about Aramis Ramirez: source

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The Mets have discussed trading for Brewers veteran Aramis Ramirez, according to a source.JEFFREY PHELPS/AP

The Mets have discussed trading for Brewers veteran Aramis Ramirez, according to a source.

In need of another bat and a way to shore up the left side of the infield since David Wright’s injury, the Mets have held preliminary trade talks with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a team source.

As the Daily News reported last Thursday, the Mets are targeting third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the 37-year-old three-time All-Star.

Ramirez is off to a relatively poor start in this, the final season of a $ 46 million four-year deal. He has not started the season well and was batting .213 with seven home runs and 18 RBI entering play on Wednesday. There are reports he plans to retire at season’s end.

Ramirez only plays third base, which means the Mets might only be getting value out of him until Wright is able to return from therapy for spinal stenosis.

But a deal likely wouldn’t cost the Mets much in the way of minor league talent. It would more depend on the club’s willingness to pick up a lot or all of the approximately $ 8.5 million remaining on his contract.

A more appealing trade target on the Brewers might be Jean Segura, but he doesn’t appear available, and if he were, it would probably require the Mets to send back a good prospect. There are other players who are in the final year of contracts that play multiple positions – Oakland’s Ben Zobrist for example – but that, too, would be a deal based on the prospect(s) the Mets would send back.

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