Mets continue negotiations for Green

Mets continue negotiations for Green

The New York Mets continued their pursuit of Arizona's Shawn Green on Monday in the latest round of waiver deadline dealings.

With only 10 days remaining for teams to add players and still have them eligible for postseason play, the contenders made a few notable moves in the last week, with Detroit acquiring infielder Neifi Perez, St. Louis signing free agent outfielder Preston Wilson, Philadelphia picking up left-hander Jamie Moyer, Boston getting infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske and the Mets adding right-hander Guillermo Mota.

The Mets continue to negotiate with the Diamondbacks regarding Green, but a deal wasn't imminent on Monday, and Green hadn't been asked to waive his no-trade clause.

"There's been nothing other than just the rumor mill," Green said prior to Monday's game against San Francisco. "There hasn't been official discussions. There's been nothing like that."

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes has met with Green to keep him updated on the latest conversations while the team was in San Diego last weekend.

"He has just let me know that there's been some discussions," Green said. "I think that's very professional for him to do that. There have been discussions, but at least as of the last time I talked to him, he didn't know where things would end up -- just that there have been talks."

Green is making $8 million this season and is under contract for $9.5 million for 2007. The agreement includes a $10 million team option or a $2 million buyout for 2008.

The Nationals placed Soriano on waivers last week, which in itself is not unusual. Teams usually place all players with no-trade contracts on waivers at one point or another for a number of reasons, including testing a player's value.

While Soriano appears to be staying put, other players might be changing addresses before Aug. 31.

The Astros designated catcher Eric Munson for assignment, and Cincinnati, which lost closer Eddie Guardado to the disabled list on Sunday, is seeking additional pitching.

Jim Molony is a writer for reporter Steve Gilbert contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.