Mets could look to Mariners for shortstop upgrade

With outfielder Michael Cuddyer’s deal all squared away, the Mets are now turning their attention toward upgrading at shortstop. The fact that the Mets landed Cuddyer via free agency — and thus did not need to part with any prospects in order to improve their outifled — means they are in a much better position to explore trades for some of their shortstop targets.

The latest team to pop up as a potential trade partner for the Mets is the Seattle Mariners, according to a report from ESPNNewYork.com. Though the Mariners already traded away Nick Franklin back in July, they still have both 24-year-old Chris Taylor and 25-year-old Brad Miller under contract.

Miller started 105 games at shorstop for the Mariners in 2014, while Taylor made 40 starts at the position — mostly down the stretch. Miller hit .221 with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs this past season, while Taylor hit .287 with nine RBIs in his limited opportunitiyes. Taylor spent more at Triple-A Tacoma, where he hit .328 with five homers, seven triples, 37 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 75 games.

Though a trade for either Taylor or Miller would seem to be a fit for both sides, at least three other teams — the Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs — would also make sense as potential trade partners for the Mets. Either way, the Mets seem to prefer making a deal for a new shortstop as opposed to pursuing any of the top free-agent options in Asdrubal Cabrera, Jed Lowrie or Stephen Drew.

— Paul Casella

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