Mets have 'ongoing interest' in adding a star outfielder: report

Danny Abriano
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George Springer in center field with his back turned
George Springer in center field with his back turned

The Mets have "ongoing interest in adding a star-level outfielder" reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com, with Morosi citing free agent George Springer as a possibility. 

Morosi adds that while the Mets should not be expected to add both Francisco Lindor and Springer, one move could "in theory" help the other happen since adding Springer could make the Mets more comfortable trading an outfielder to Cleveland (such as Brandon Nimmo).

With Morosi citing the Mets' interest in adding a "star" outfielder and mentioning Springer, it's hard to think of another available outfielder who is a star and also a fit for the Mets.

On the free agent market, Marcell Ozuna and Joc Pederson are available, but neither is a fit in center field -- the Mets' main need. And Ozuna is one of the worst defenders in baseball.

Aside from Springer, the best center fielder available on the free agent market is Jackie Bradley Jr. While Bradley is an elite defender, he is not a star.

As far as a potential trade for a star outfielder, that market has not yet developed.

If the Mets were to sign the 31-year-old Springer, they could slot him in center field next to right fielder Michael Conforto.

In the above scenario, Nimmo would be an ideal fit for left field. If Nimmo were to be traded, the Mets could potentially turn to some combination of Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, and J.D. Davis in left field, depending on who plays third base -- and whether the NL has the DH again in 2021.