The Mets' biggest need this offseason is arguably finding an upgrade at catcher, and they have expressed interest in signing free agent Yasmani Grandal, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Aside from Grandal, the other high-impact free agent catcher on the market is Wilson Ramos, who could reportedly sign relatively early. And the Mets have checked in on Ramos and defensive-minded Martin Maldonado, according to Jon Heyman of FanCred.
On the trade market is J.T. Realmuto, who is the best overall catcher in baseball, but who would likely coast a ton in terms of prospects.
One thing that could potentially complicate any team's pursuit of Grandal is the fact that the Dodgers are extending the one-year qualifying offer to him. Any team that signs Grandal will need to surrender a compensatory pick in next June's MLB Draft (not a first-round pick).
But for a team like the Mets, it would likely be worth it to surround a pick in order to secure one of the better catchers on the market.
Grandal, who will turn 30 years old on Nov. 8, was worth 3.6 fWAR in 2018 (second among all catchers in baseball, behind only J.T. Realmuto's 4.8). He hit .241/.349/.466 with 24 homers in 140 games. Behind the plate, where Jay Jaffe notes he is one of the best pitch-framers in baseball, Grandal was worth 9 DRS.
As far as what Grandal will get on the open market, Jon Heyman of FanCred predicts $20 million for two years, while an expert Heyman spoke to predicts $39 million for three years.