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The Mets could target free agent OF Cody Ross this winter, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

"The Mets have a glaring need for outfield help, and multiple baseball officials yesterday pointed to Cody Ross as a possible free-agent target for the team," writes Puma.

Ross, who will be 32 on Opening Day, hit .267 with a .326 OBP, 22 home runs and 81 RBI with 129 strikeouts in 476 at-bats this past season with Red Sox. He just completed a one-year, $3 million contract he signed with Boston before the 2012 season.

Before Ross signed with the Red Sox this past January, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said the Mets were interesting in signing him, although Adam Rubin of ESPN New York later said the Mets didn’t want to spend more than $1 million to secure his services.

Last month, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Red Sox are interested in signing OF Cody Ross to a multi-year deal, although according to WEEI's Rob Bradford, Ross and the Red Sox were not close to coming to terms on a new deal during the exclusive negotiating period last week.

Cafardo says Ross could be interested in signing with a team out west, although he says the Yankees, Phillies and Braves could be “major players” for Ross’ services this winter.

Ross would be a strong fit for the Mets. I thought he was a strong fit last winter as well, and was disappointed the Mets didn't sign him at the time. He is a polished version of Scott Hairston, as Ross has hit right-handed pitching better over the course of his career. Ross does strikeout more than Hairston but his production is more or less even from both sides of the plate, which is something Hairston struggles to do. Ross is a capable defensive player who can play all three outfield positions as well. Given the Mets could be going with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda - two left-handed hitters who don't provide much certainty - Ross' right-handed bat and his versatility could prove very valuable for the Mets, should they pursue him this winter.

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