The Mets are reportedly interested in free agent 1B/OF Adam Lind, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
The 34-year-old, lefty-swinging Lind hit .303//362/.513 with 14 HR in 116 games for the Nationals in 2017 while splitting time between first base and left field.
Lind has had stark platoon splits throughout his career, slashing .288/.348/.504 against righties but just .217/.263/.329 against lefties.
The Mets' interest in first basemen stems from them not being prepared to hand the first base job to Dominic Smith in 2018, which GM Sandy Alderson intimated earlier this offseason.
"He didn't win (a starting job) in September (this past season), let's put it that way," Alderson said about Smith, later noting that his top first base prospect needs to be mindful of his conditioning.
Smith hit just .198 with a .262 OBP, nine HR and 26 RBI in 49 games with the Mets in 2017.
According to Alderson, any outfielder he acquires this winter must have experience and be willing to regularly play first base. Otherwise, the Mets are open to acquiring someone that only plays first base.
Along with Lind, free-agents Jay Bruce and Logan Morrison are among the names Alderson is reportedly considering for a first base-outfield platoon that would likely also include Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto in center and right field, as well as Smith and Wilmer Flores at first base.
The Mets were also among roughly 10 teams to express interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, Jon Heyman reported for FanRag Sports.
My hunch is the Mets prefer Santana or Morrison. But, again, that's just a hunch. I just think these two fit their overall need better than other options...
Obviously, Santana would be an amazing and unexpected acquisition for the Mets. He would have a meaningful impact on multiple corners of the roster. Also, he's a switch hitter and has started experimenting with playing the outfield, which will clearly be of interest to Alderson.
In Morrison, the Mets would get a guy that can play first base and right field, hit the ball hard and for power. He draws walks, hits the other way and is better against right-handed pitching than lefties, which is OK because the Mets have Wilmer. In the field, he's middle of the pack among his free-agent colleagues. Smith will be better around the bag, but Morrison will be better than Flores.
My concerns with Morrison are his contact rate and swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone (especially pitches down and in). These stats jump out to me because -- if pitchers make adjustments (based on his success last season) -- it could mean he's in for a difficult 2018.
By the way, if he did ever end up on the Mets, know that he has a big personality. He's outspoken with a sense of humor. He clearly understands MLB is entertainment.
From what I can gather, the Red Sox, Angels, and maybe the Royals will be Alderson's top competition for Morrison, but that largely depends on what happens with Santana and Eric Hosmer.