In true Mets fashion, New York will apparently be meeting with super-agent Scott Boras this week to chase some of the free agent market’s biggest names.
According to Newsday’s David Lennon, the Mets are apparently chasing former Reds and Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, as well as shortstop Stephen Drew, who is coming off a World Series win with the Boston Red Sox.
The Mets started Ruben Tejada at shortstop in 2013, and the outfield that was rolled out on a consistent basis included the underwhelming duo of Eric Young and Juan Lagares, alongside Marlon Byrd/Lucas Duda. Byrd was moved to the Pirates for the stretch run, and Duda is a subpar-fielding, “Three True Outcomes” (walk, home run, strikeout) type of a player that is best suited at first base.
Obviously, acquiring Choo would be a fantastic move for the Mets, and Drew is significantly better than the Mets’ current in-house candidates. Of course, Boras will be doing what he does best — landing an enormous contract for his clients. And it looks like Choo has his hopes set very, very high.
For their part, at least the Mets are aiming high as well. This team absolutely needs some work, and even though spending inordinate amounts of money in free agency hasn’t always worked for them in the past, it doesn’t mean landing players like Choo and Drew wouldn’t be a big step in the right direction.