Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said his big move to land Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz wasn't the last he would make. His agressive style this offseason will continue, and free-agent CF A.J. Pollock is a name he has shown interest in.
Van Wagenen said he believes Pollock could be a good fit for the Mets, and he has been in touch with Pollock's agent.
One potential red flag with Pollock is his injury history. Aside from 2015, when he played in 157 games, he has been impacted by injuries every season since 2013. He played 75 games in 2014, 12 in 2016, 112 in 2017 and 113 in 2018.
Van Wagenen mentioned Tuesday that he wanted to remove as many 'ifs' from the equation as possible, and Pollock would seem to run counter to that a bit.
According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Pollock is looking for a five-year deal worth around $80 million -- similar to what the Brewers gave Lorenzo Cain. Pollock and his team could be selling themselves high as it is the start of free agency to see what teams will bite the most.
Pollock has been consistent over his seven-year career with the Diamondbacks. He owns a .281/.338/.467 line with 74 homers and 264 RBI over that span. He has one All-Star season under his belt from 2015, where he hit .315 with 20 homers and 76 RBI.
Despite a .257 average last season, Pollock mashed a career high-21 homers with 65 RBI over 113 games.
Van Wagenen shouldn't bite early on that price tag if it is true. But Pollock could fit in nicely with Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto at left and right field respectively on Opening Day.