The Mets are monitoring the markets of free agent 3B Mike Moustakas and free agent 3B/1B Todd Frazier, reports Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com.
The Mets' interest in Moustakas was first reported by John Harper of the NY Daily News on Thursday. Harper went on to note that "sources with knowledge of the Mets' plans" have informed him that the team plans to do more this offseason than has been recently reported.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported last month that the Mets were tentatively set to reduce payroll by $20 million, meaning they would have only $10 million to spend for the rest of the offseason.
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 Moustakas, 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 thus far, 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.
Frazier, 31, hit .213/.344/.428 with 27 HR and 76 RBI in 147 games last season for the White Sox and Yankees.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has suggested since the offseason began that the team was comfortable with Asdrubal Cabrera at third base, and would look to acquire a second baseman. They made an effort to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers before he was dealt to the Angels, and have also been linked to Jason Kipnis (Indians) and Josh Harrison (Pirates).
If the Mets sign Moustakas or Frazier, it would likely mean a shift of Cabrera to second base, where he was worth -6 DRS in 274 1/3 innings in 2017.