Mets still seek a right-handed hitting outfielder, interested in Steve Pearce, Ryan Raburn

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With the Mets being out of the running to sign Yoenis Cespedes this winter, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets are still interested in signing a right-handed hitting outfielder to create more depth and more versatility while deepening the roster.

As such, Heyman says the Mets are looking at Steve Pearce among the right-handed complementary options for their outfield.

Pearce, who turns 33 in April, is coming off a down year with the Orioles thanks in part to an early season funk coupled with an oblique injury which kept him out of action from mid-July until late August. He has shown improved power in recent seasons, has reasonably good plate discipline and actually saw his contact rates bump up modestly in his down year in 2015, suggesting he could be a good buy-low candidate this winter for interested clubs.

He’s somewhat of a jack-of-all-trades, capable of playing both corner outfield spots, first, second and third base, but isn’t going to wow anyone with his defensive abilities.

For the Mets, Pearce could be a solid right-handed bat for them off the bench, and a legitimate alternative to Lucas Duda at first base. He has seen a larger percentage of power come against left-handed pitching in his career, posting an .824 OPS against southpaws in 594 plate appearances. He’s not awful against right-handers, either, although if the Mets were to sign Pearce it’s clear his role would be to primarily face left-handed pitching.

The Mets have also shown interest in Ryan Raburn, according to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record.

Ryan RaburnRaburn, 34, hasn’t been a full-time player since 2011, serving mostly in a super-utility role capable of playing in the outfield as well as first base, second base and third base. He has been up and down over the last couple of years but he’s a disciplined hitter who gets on-base and has some pop, although he doesn’t have much speed.

He’s about league-average defensively, but he hasn’t played much on the infield over the last couple of seasons, which could be an issue if he’s viewed as a potential backup to David Wright at third base.

But Wilmer Flores seems slated to be Wright’s backup, which would limit Raburn’s exposure in that role.

Raburn would certainly go a long way towards deepening the Mets bench and giving the Mets even the versatility they seek. He would give the Mets another platoon alternative at two corner outfield spots, first base, and second base, if the Mets were able to secure his services.

Versatility is the name of the game for the Mets this winter, and Raburn posted a 1.004 OPS against left-handed pitching in 70 games against left-handed pitching in 2015. He has a career .827 OPS against southpaws.

4 Comments

Either would be good add at this point and creates decent line up with adequate depth. They still need to add a solid RP thiugh

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The Nationals lineup is probably better than the Mets. The Nationals pitching is as good as the Mets. I don’t understand how Met fans expect the Mets to repeat.
The Mets still don’t have that one big rib guy and signing 230 hitters is not going to help.

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What u just said was said last yr as well and the Mets won lol..btw Nats pitching isnt as good as the Mets

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How much better are the Met’s now than they were at the start of last year? Don’t think very much. Sure pitching is better with a year of experience but I still find myself asking how many 1-0 or 2-1 games will we be in and how many can we win? Will we be any better than 52-50 in July? Don’t think so. Remember last year started with an 11-0 run which can’t be expected to be repeated.
All of the moves that have been made are more or less sideways. I don’t expect any more free agent signings. Maybe there is still a chance of a 2 or even 3 team trade to happen. Sandy can get creative at times, so only time will tell.

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