New York Mets

MLB Rumors: What Mets offered Red Sox in Mookie Betts trade talks

MLB Rumors: What Mets offered Red Sox in Mookie Betts trade talks

The Boston Red Sox (eventually) found a willing Mookie Betts trade partner in the Los Angeles Dodgers.

But Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom reportedly had other options on the table.

The New York Mets exchanged "several" trade proposals with the Red Sox regarding Betts this offseason, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reported Wednesday.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

The Mets viewed their own young outfielder, Jeff McNeil, as off-limits in trade talks, per Sherman. But here's who New York was considering dealing to Boston in exchange for Betts, via Sherman -- and why those deals fell through.

The Mets offered packages centered around Brandon Nimmo or J.D. Davis and one of their top infield prospects, Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio. But that did not muster enough traction, especially because to make any deal work the Mets were going to have to counteract Betts’ $27 million 2020 salary by likely including Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie.

The structure of those packages is similar to what the Red Sox eventually received from L.A. for Betts and David Price: A young major-league-level outfielder with upside (Alex Verdugo) an infield prospect (Jeter Downs) and a catching prospect (Connor Wong).

Verdugo arguably has higher upside than Nimmo or Davis, but Davis hit .307 with 22 home runs and an .895 OPS last season at age 26.

Gimenez and Mauricio both are among MLB.com's Top 100 prospects, although lower on the list than Downs (No. 44): Mauricio is at No. 62 and Gimenez at No. 84.

It's easy to see why talks fell through, though: Boston would have had to absorb the contracts of Cespedes or Lowrie (both former Red Sox), which may have pushed the club over the $208 million luxury tax.

The Red Sox got under that threshold by having the Dodgers pick up part of Price's contract and still got what looks like a better haul from L.A's rich farm system than New York could have offered.

MLB rumors: Here's where Red Sox manager search stands as spring training nears

MLB rumors: Here's where Red Sox manager search stands as spring training nears

The Boston Red Sox still don't have a manager despite pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to spring training in a little more than weeks.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported an updated on Boston's manager search Monday, and it doesn't sound like a hire is imminent.

The Red Sox are one of three teams who lost their manager as a result of Major League Baseball's scathing report and harsh punishments handed down to the Houston Astros for illegally stealing signs over the last few years.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

The Astros fired manager A.J. Hinch after the MLB suspended him through the 2020 World Series, and the New York Mets parted ways with manager Carlos Beltran, who was the only player mentioned in the league's report on Houston stealing signs. The Red Sox and Alex Cora mutually agreed to part ways earlier this month. Cora was the Astros bench coach in 2017 before leaving to become Boston's manager ahead of the 2018 campaign. He played a key role in creating and implementing the Astros' sign-stealing operation, according to the league's report. Cora faces punishment from the league, but any discipline won't come until its investigation into the 2018 Red Sox for illegally stealing signs is completed.

The Mets filled their managerial vacancy by promoting Luis Rojas last week.

Boston reportedly has shown interest in Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens for its open manager job. Meulens is one of the best candidates from outside the organization.

Tomase: Pros & cons of trading Mookie Betts to Padres

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Midway through the 2019 MLB season, the struggling Boston Red Sox made an attempt to shake things up on their bench and get them back into the playoff race. That decision involved designating Eduardo Nunez for assignment.

Nunez spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox after he was acquired at the 2017 MLB trade deadline. Nunez quickly endeared himself to Boston fans by batting .321 and smashing eight homers in 38 games with the team.

LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.

But after his first season, Nunez's production tailed off. He was still productive during the team's 2018 World Series run, though he was hampered by a knee injury, before things bottomed out in 2019. He was hitting just .228 at the time of his release and his defensive range was declining because of his balky knee.

Now, after remaining out of MLB work for almost half a year, it looks like Nunez is getting one more shot at sticking around in the MLB.

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the New York Mets have invited Nunez to join them as a non-roster invite at spring training in 2020. 

It may be tough for Nunez to ultimately win a spot with the Mets, who also have former Red Sox shortstop/third baseman Jed Lowrie on the team. But he is going to be on a minor league deal as a result of this signing.

And if injuries strike and Nunez proves himself, perhaps he could eventually earn a roster spot.

We'll soon see what happens with Nunez, but it is nice to see the 32-year-old get another chance to play at the MLB level, even if it is just a spring training invite.