Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock, whose market the Mets had been monitoring, has agreed to sign with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
The deal is for four years and roughly $50 million, but also contains escalator clauses and opt-outs, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that the Mets could be in play for Pollock if he became open to a "pillow contract" or an opt-out after the first year of a potential deal.
A pillow contract is basically a one-year deal to reestablish value. A multi-year deal that contains an opt-out after the first year of a deal would have served the same purpose for Pollock, who had reportedly sought a five-year deal worth roughly $80 million but whose problems staying healthy made that ask eye-popping when news of it first leaked
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said earlier this offseason that Pollock would be a good fit for the Mets. The team had since traded for Keon Broxton, but he profiles as a backup -- as does Juan Lagares. However, Van Wagenen recently said that upgrading the outfield wasn't a priority, and that the team planned to use Jeff McNeil primarily as an outfielder.
The Braves had also been linked to Pollock, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently suggested that the sanctions that hit the Braves' minor league system hard and continue to reverberate could have an impact on whether they sign Pollock -- who will cost an acquiring team their second-highest pick in this June's MLB Draft.
Pollock, who is a career .281/.338/.467 hitter, hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 homers, 21 doubles, and five triples in 113 games last season while being worth 6 DRS.