Report: Mets interested in Ben Zobrist and Gerardo Parra
As the offseason slowly treks forward, the Mets have two particular areas where they need to upgrade: center field and second base.
With Yoenis Cespedes who manned center for most of the second half after the Mets acquired him at the July 31st trade deadline and Daniel Murphy–the team’s second baseman for the last few seasons–both likely on their way out, the team will have to find viable ways to replace them.
Two players who could do that very thing are Ben Zobrist and Gerardo Parra, who the Mets have expressed interest in, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
However, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News warns due to the high demand for Zobrist’s services, his price tag could push beyond the Mets comfort zone.
At 34, Zobrist isn’t likely to garner a mega-contract, but could still very well get a three-to-four year contract as he batted .276/.359/.450 with 26 doubles, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and an .809 OPS this past season with the A’s and Royals.
Zobrist would be a productive, contact-oriented bat into the Mets lineup, all while having the versatility to play both second base and either corner outfield position.
Parra, who like Zobrist the Mets showed interest in around the trade deadline this past year, had an overall productive season, but faltered after he was acquired by the Orioles in July as he hit .237/.268/.357 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 20 RBI and a .625 OPS in 55 games.
Still, Parra could prove to be a valuable player to pair with Juan Lagares in a platoon in center field, as Parra hit .303/.336/.473 with 34 doubles, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and an .809 OPS against right-handed pitchers in 2015.