Mets looking to acquire OF via trade

The Mets are more likely to fill their outfield corners via trade than free-agent signing, Joel Sherman of The New York Post writes.

The two biggest free-agent outfielders are Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera. Not only do both have a past that includes performance-enchancing drugs but, as Sherman writes, the Mets aren’t sure Cruz has the defensive ability to handle Citi Field’s large outfield.

Another top outfielder, Cuban Yasmany Tomas, has generated a lot of buzz. But one club official told Sherman that Mets’ scouts “did not love him” enough to offer the $100 million or more it will take to land him.

So, what are the Mets looking at as far as outfielders go?

The top of the list has to include the Dodgers trio of Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier — who are all available, as we noted here Sunday. According to Sherman, a person who has spoken to the Dodgers said the club would prefer to move Ethier and Crawford over Kemp.

The Braves also have been rumored to listen on Justin Upton or Jason Hayward but, as Sherman notes, the chances of Atlanta moving them within the National League East are low.

– Cash Kruth

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