Mets plan to speak with agents for Ben Zobrist soon
The Mets plan for this offseason surrounds creating versatility at a number of positions, specifically in the outfield and on the middle infield.
No player better fits the profile of what the Mets are seeking than Ben Zobrist, as he can play both middle infield positions and the corner outfield positions proficiently. He can also play first and third base and centerfield if needed.
Zobrist is a contact-oriented hitter, and showed during the World Series against the Mets he is one of the better fastball hitters in the game, even as he concluded his age-34 season.
The Mets were interested in acquiring Zobrist in a trade this past season from the A’s, but those talks stalled thanks to a disagreement over the asking price. Zobrist was ultimately sent to the Royals in a deal that netted Billy Beane LHP Sean Manea, the Royals second best prospect.
But now, Zobrist is a free agent, and he would still be an outstanding fit for the Mets as they seek to improve their defense, their swing-to-contact methodology, and their overall versatility.
As such, Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets will soon meet with the agents for Zobrist.
Puma warned, however, the Mets are well aware that there’s a crowded marketplace for Zobrist, which could artificially drive up his value in free agency.
Zobrist hit .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 126 games with the A’s and Royals in 2015. He underwent April knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.