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Mets hoping to trade Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco

Both players have performed reasonably well since joining the Mets.

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The Mets are hoping that they’ll be able to trade outfielder Jose Bautista and catcher Devin Mesoraco, per a report from Jon Heyman. Both players joined the Mets well after the season got underway, with Mesoraco coming over in the one-for-one trade that sent Matt Harvey to the Reds and Bautista joining the Mets as a free agent after the Braves briefly played him on an everyday basis early in the season and promptly released him.

Since joining the Mets, Bautista has a .233/.382/.421 line with six home runs and a 125 wRC+. That’s not quite vintage production for him, but it is good and could help a contending team, especially one in need of a right-handed bat. Mesoraco hasn’t been quite that good, but decent-hitting catchers aren’t easy to come by, and he’s hit .229/.307/.401 with seven home runs and a 96 wRC+. For what it’s worth, both players are at 0.8 fWAR in their time with the team.

In his tweet, Heyman mentions that the return for these two could be international bonus pool money. The Mets received a $1 million allocation of that money as part of their return in the trade that sent Jeurys Familia to the A’s.