If Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is serious about signing free-agent CF A.J. Pollock, he'll have to compete with the Reds.
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, Cincinnati shares an interest in the 31-year-old Pollock, whom Van Wagenen said this week could be a good fit for the Mets between Brandon Nimmo in left field and Michael Conforto in right.
Pollock's agent has been in touch with the Mets, Van Wagenen said, but his asking price may be too steep even for the aggressive GM.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that Pollock is seeking a five-year pact worth around $80 million.
Pollock, who played 113 games in his seventh season with the Diamondbacks in 2018, would come with injury concerns. He played a full season with 157 games in 2015, but has been hampered by injuries every season since 2013. He played 75 games in 2014, 12 in 2016 and 112 in 2017.
Pollock hit .257 last season with a career high-21 home runs while adding 65 RBI. He has shown consistency when healthy, putting up a .281/.388/.467 career slash line with 74 homers and 264 RBI.
He made the NL All-Star team in 2015, when he batted .315 with 20 homers and 76 RBI.
The Reds are also interested in free-agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, per Heyman. Keuchel remains a potential target for the Yankees after Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi signed elsewhere.