The Mets' "actions with agents indicate they will sign at least one significant free agent," reports Jim Bowden of The Athletic.
Bowden notes that the Mets have sent "mixed signals" regarding what they plan to do -- a likely reference to Joel Sherman of the NY Post's December report that the team had planned to cut payroll by roughly $20 million -- which would have left them with just $10 million to spend for the remainder of the offseason.
It was reported last week by John Harper of the NY Daily News, and then Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Morosi of MLB.com, that the Mets were monitoring the markets of some of the upper-echelon free agents, including 3B Mike Moustakas.
Aside from Moustakas, the Mets have been connected to 3B/1B Todd Frazier, OF Lorenzo Cain, and 1B/OF Logan Morrison.
The Mets have also been linked to outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce, C Jonathan Lucroy, and 2B Howie Kendrick.
13 of the top 17 free agents, in a list compiled by MLB Trade Rumors, remain unsigned. Those free agents join a list of more than 110 others who have yet to sign a new contract -- an unprecedented number for this point in the offseason.
The Mets, whose lone move of note this offseason has been signing RH reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year deal, have made acquiring a second baseman a priority. They have also been seeking a 1B/OF, which would give them insurance in case Dominic Smith doesn't play well and/or a player to fill in while Michael Conforto is out.
GM Sandy Alderson has suggested the team wants to use Asdrubal Cabrera at third base. In the event the Mets sign a player such as Moustakas or Frazier, it would likely necessitate shifting Cabrera to second base.