Mets Rumors: 'Serious Talks' Held with Jason Kipnis During MLB Winter Meetings

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 11:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out to end the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the American League Divisional Series at Progressive Field on October 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have had "serious talks" with the Cleveland Indians regarding a possible trade to acquire Jason Kipnis, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.  

Cotillo added, however, that the "fit looks even better with [Ian] Kinsler to Anaheim."

Kipnis has certainly been a popular name in trade rumors this winter, and Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported that Cleveland has continued to seek trading partners for the veteran player.

The Mets have largely been in his orbit. 

Marc Carig of Newsday previously reported that the Mets had talks with the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates and with Cleveland about dealing for Ian Kinsler, Josh Harrison and Kipnis, respectively. 

And Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the team would likely prioritize upgrading the infield this offseason, namely at second base, mentioning the aforementioned players as potential targets along with Cesar Hernandez, Starlin Castro and Neil Walker as well.

Kipnis, 30, appeared in just 90 games last season due to injuries, hitting .232 with 12 homers and 35 RBI. With Jose Ramirez thriving at second base, however, Kipnis found himself moved to center field at points last season, hardly his most natural position.

That made him expendable in Cleveland, however, and given the team's reported interest in moving him and New York's reported interest in acquiring a second baseman, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Kipnis playing baseball in the Big Apple next season.

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