Wanna know how I know the Mets are still very interested in working a deal for Willson Contreras? They appear to be planting reports with Jon Heyman about possibly pivoting from the All-Star catcher in an attempt to drive down his value.
The Red Sox’s presence as a potential seller in market could aid the Mets. Christian Vazquez and JD Martinez are two who fit the Mets, especially if they can’t close the gap in talks regarding Willson Contreras snd Josh Bell.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2022
We’ve known of their interest in Contreras for a while now and they need an upgrade at catcher, but a previous report said the Cubs had a high asking price and the Mets were reluctant to part with the requisite prospects. This isn’t to say the potential availability of Christian Vazquez won’t impact a catching market being shopped by the Mets, Rays, and Padres, only that Heyman is frequently a mouthpiece for teams and agents alike when it comes to trades and free agency.
This feels very much like a front office version of a parent threatening to turn the car around if the kids don’t behave. I guess we’ll find out soon enough how this all shakes out.