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12:43 p.m. — Mets eyeing Pierre?

Imagine Jose Reyes and Juan Pierre combining for 140 stolen bases at the top of the Mets' batting order.

The idea is a longshot, but the Mets have shown interest in trading for Pierre, the Dodgers' forgotten outfielder.

To move Pierre, the Dodgers would need to assume a large chunk of his remaining salary — $10 million in 2009, $10 million in 2010 and $8.5 million in '11.

The Mets' preference in left field is for a right-handed hitter, and Pierre hits from the left side. Where he ranks on the team's list of possibilities is not known.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are reluctant to move Pierre before knowing whether they will keep free-agent left fielder Manny Ramirez.

They also are reluctant to move Pierre because they have no idea what they will get out of Andruw Jones, who appeared in only 75 games last season due to a knee injury and batted .158.

If Jones proves incapable of playing every day, the Dodgers again will use Matt Kemp in center. And if Ramirez does not return under that scenario, Pierre could end up playing left field.

Some teams also have expressed interest in Jones, a move that would require the Dodgers to pay nearly all of his remaining salary — $17.1 million next season with a $5 million deferred payment in 2010.

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