Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Thursday that the team will not be signing free agent 3B Mike Moustakas.
Alderson, speaking with fans as the team's equipment truck departed Citi Field for Spring Training, cited the loss of a draft pick/international bonus pool money, and Moustakas's lack of versatility (he only plays third base) as two reasons against signing him.
If the Mets were to sign Moustakas, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals, they would be forced to surrender their third round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft.
With Alderson's stated desire to add an infielder who can play multiple positions, the Mets have been connected to Josh Harrison of the Pirates (3B/2B/LF/RF), and free agents Todd Frazier (3B/1B), Eduardo Nunez (3B/SS/2B/LF/RF), and Neil Walker (3B/2B/1B) >> Read more
Moustakas hit .272/.314/.521 with a career-high 38 HR and 85 RBI in 148 games last season for the Royals. He was worth -8 DRS at third base after being a positive defender at the position in 2015 and 2016.
The 29-year-old, who is a career .251/.305/.425 hitter with 119 HR in seven seasons with the Royals, has reportedly not garnered much interest on the free agent market, as there don't appear to be many teams with an immediate need at third base.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted before the offseason began that Moustakas would sign a five-year deal worth $85 million.