Report: Mets, Brewers discussing Aramis Ramirez trade

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FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Mets and Brewers “have had preliminary talks” about a trade involving one or more of Milwaukee’s position players, and now Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that those negotiations are centering around veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez.

Ramirez is hitting just .213/.257/.390 in 48 games this season for the Brewers and he’s making $14 million in the final year of a four-year, $46 million contract. But the Mets are desperate for a boost of some kind and they especially need help at the hot corner with David Wright battling spinal stenosis.

Ramirez does have seven home runs this year, which is more than double what the Mets’ third basemen have produced collectively. The 36-year-old tallied 15 homers and 66 RBI in 133 games last season.

For what it’s worth, a source told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin on both Tuesday and Wednesday that the Mets are not in on Ramirez. Crazy season is already upon us, folks.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.