Brewers, Mets meet again

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin had one final sit-down with Mets GM Sandy Alderson before departing the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort on Thursday, continuing a search for a first baseman that was not resolved during these Winter Meetings.

“You filter through all the things. That’s what happens a lot of times here,” Melvin said. “If you don’t accomplish things, at least you bring them to a head or eliminate ideas or thoughts that you might have come here with.”

One idea — re-signing Corey Hart — was eliminated this week. He spurned the Brewers’ offer for a more lucrative contract with the Mariners.

Hart was the Brewers’ top Winter Meetings target, but not the club’s only target. Melvin did not dismiss the notion of pursuing a deal with the top available free agent first baseman, James Loney, whose representatives reached out on Wednesday. The Pirates and Rays are also reportedly in talks with Loney, and the asking price is high.

The  Brewers are also active in trade talks about first basemen, including those discussions with Alderson and the Mets that began back at the GM Meetings last month. The Mets have a surplus, with arbitration-eligible Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both popping up in rumors. The Mets this week asked the Brewers for right-hander Tyler Thornburg,  but the 25-year-old is currently ticketed for Milwaukee’s fifth starter slot. The Brewers have some other relatively advanced pitching prospects, so talks have continued.

Asked about the chances of a trade versus a free agent signing, Melvin said, “They’re both possibilities.”

He is remaining patient.

“Sometimes, the timing, we don’t control that all the time,” he said. “I guess you can if you want to overpay or you want to do something stupid, like things that happen early sometimes. I think we’ll get somebody. I’m not overly worried at this time, but that’s my demeanor, I guess.

“I like our team. I like the idea that we have guys at every position [but first base]. Our focus is on one area, and it’s just unfortunate that the availability is not as great as what you would like it to be.”

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