Nationals, Mets, Rays discussed trade involving Ian Desmond and Ben Zobrist

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The Rays sent Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar in a trade with the Athletics on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, however, the Rays discussed a three-way trade involving Zobrist with the Nationals and Mets, per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

That deal would have sent Ian Desmond to the Mets, Zobrist and Escobar to the Nationals, and some of the Mets’ top prospects to the Rays. Talks fell apart when the Rays wanted two of the Mets’ prospects from a list of three, a price the Mets weren’t willing to pay. One of those prospects was Noah Syndergaard.

Rosenthal adds that the Mets tried to acquire Zobrist directly from the Rays as well, but the Rays still wanted at least two top prospects.