The Mets have reportedly checked in on the asking price for Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, and likely weren't thrilled with the answer. According to Jon Heyman of CBS, the Braves would require one of the Mets' 'Big 4' starters—Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz—in a trade for the two-time Gold Glove winner Simmons. While Heyman noted that the Braves have previously asked about Matz, a report from Joel Sherman of the Post indicates that the Braves have asked specifically for Harvey or deGrom.
It's apparent that Braves GM John Coppolella will only deal Simmons if he receives an extraordinary return. Simmons's defensive credentials speak for themselves, but the 26-year-old is coming off a .660 OPS season, which followed an even-worse .617 OPS in 2014. Simmons may not yield this amount of interest if not for a bare free agent shortstop class; teams that miss out on Ian Desmond are left with no viable starting options on the open market.
As noted by Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets spoke with the Braves this past trade deadline about Simmons, with talks going nowhere.