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New York Mets
Looking for a spot starter this weekend against the Yankees to hold onto the wild card, the Boston Red Sox inquired about Chris Capuano but were unable to strike a deal, ESPNBoston.com reports here.
A source with Mets ties told ESPNNewYork.com that Miguel Batista was held out of Tuesday's game in St. Louis in case Capuano was traded and the Mets needed a spot starter Thursday. Batista subsequently was used in relief Wednesday when it became apparent a deal would not materialize.
GM Sandy Alderson said he would not speak about specific trade talks that do not come to fruition, but said generally about why a deal such as that may not occur: "It could be a number of reasons for it -- not getting back what you think is fair compensation, wanting to finish the season as strongly as possible, perhaps wanting to retain a player from one year to the next."