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The Mets shouldn't trade for Aramis Ramirez

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The veteran third baseman has struggled this year.

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Since his debut in 2004, David Wright has been the cornerstone of the Mets. Although he began his career as a model of durability, Wright has been sidetracked by injury over the last few years. The 32-year-old third baseman has not appeared in a game since April 14 and has since been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. With his return date still uncertain, the Mets may need to find a replacement for him at third base.

Recent trade speculation has linked the team to the BrewersAramis Ramirez, a veteran who says he will retire after this season. While Ramirez is a career .283/.341/.494 hitter with 377 home runs and a 116 wRC+, his production has declined significantly over the past few seasons. Ramirez’s resume makes him an intriguing option for an offensively challenged ball club, and his bat might have enough pop to tempt a trade. But acquiring him might end up being a foolish decision.

Despite being named to the National League All-Star Team last year, the third baseman appears to be on a steep decline. Ramirez has yet to go on an extended hot streak in 2015, which makes it hard to believe he would provide a significant upgrade for the Mets. He's also earning $14 million this year. For the infielder to be worth such a hefty price tag, he would need to be a major upgrade over Wright’s current replacements.

While his defense seems to still be solid, Ramirez doesn't seem like a worthwhile investment. Even if the Brewers were willing to eat part of his salary, Ramirez’s contract is likely too expensive for the Mets. Promoting someone like Matt Reynolds from the minors might not solve the Mets’ problems, but it would be far smarter than trading for a veteran who is past his prime.

With over a month to go before trade deadline, Sandy Alderson still has time to explore potential upgrades. Even if he wants to act quickly, there is no need to make irrational decisions. As bad as the team’s infield has been for much of 2015, trading for Aramis Ramirez would do little to help.