Not only did the Mets have internal discussions about embattled superstar Ryan Braun as previouslyreported, but they actually inquired about him with Milwaukee as well – if ever so briefly – before their suggestion was summarily rebuffed at the GM Meetings.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, responding by phone to a question about whether the Mets had “checked in” on Braun with the Brewers, saying, “If you could count a four-word sentence as checking …”

That might depend on what the actual sentence was I told him,, so I asked.

“What's up with Braun?” Alderson relayed.

That was it, the briefest of inquiries. But yes, that counts … at least here it does.

It was such a quick conversation topic, and so apparently lacking in meaning to the Mets, that Alderson's boss, Mets owner Jeff Wilpon, didn't even appear to be aware of it, and he's actively involved in baseball dealings. The Mets may not even be all that interested, though they are definitely seeking a power-hitting corner outfielder, and are continuing to pursue free agents Nelson Cruz and Curtis Granderson, among others.

That the Mets had internal talks about Braun first surfaced in Matt Cerrone's Metsblog.com, though their actual inquiry had to this point remained unreported.

In any case, the Brewers clearly are not interested in moving their controversial superstar, who was suspended the final 65 games of 2013 in an agreement with MLB following the Biogenesis investigation..

Brewers GM Doug Melvin never revealed that the Mets were one of "four or five" teams to inquire about Braun. But Melvin did tell reporters after the Metsblog.com report appeared, "We have no intention of trading Ryan. There is absolutely no truth to that. We've never contacted any team about Ryan."