In addition to a relief pitcher, I would love to see Mets bring in another a center fielder.
Juan Lagares is expected to go back on the disabled list, according to multiple reports. And, Yoenis Cespedes insists on playing left field, because playing center field aggravates his leg, which is giving him trouble again.
Michael Conforto has actually played well in center, but he's not the answer, nor is Alejandro De Aza. And, while Brandon Nimmo is probably the best fielder in the bunch, he hasn't hit enough to justify being in the lineup every day.
The thing is, it's not the best market for this specific need...
Obviously, it would be great to bring in Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), Ender Inciarte (Braves), Lorenzo Cain (Royals) or Adam Eaton (White Sox), but the price will almost certainly be too steep for Sandy Alderson. Plus, the Mets really need a stop-gap, professional, someone better than De Aza, but attainable and easy to cut ties with after this season.
In looking around, Coco Crisp (Athletics) and Michael Bourne (D-Backs) are the only healthy, rental players worth considering. After that, Brandon Guyer (Rays) may be the next-best option since he can easily be non-tendered.
Unfortunately, Bourne, 33, continues to be a singles hitter who strikes out 25% of his at bats. Also, Bourne is due $7 million the rest of this season with a $12 million vesting option for 2017. Meanwhile, Crisp, 36, who is due $5 million the rest of this season, is having his second-consecutive down season. That said, both players could probably be had for very little...
In other words, there is no ideal fit, at least not that I can tell, which means the Mets may be forced to lean on Conforto - occasionally using Curtis Granderson - and swapping De Aza out for a better, all-around fourth outfielder.