The Mets have been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, major-league sources recently told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
According to Rosenthal, though the Mets have talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there has been no momentum in making a deal. At the same time, the Mets are not looking to acquire a one-year rental player, such as Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.
The day the Mets announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing, a Mets official told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson was possible. Both players would likely need to be dealt in order to make room for McCutchen.
Teams interested in trading for a center fielder have also reportedly contacted the Rockies about OF Charlie Blackmon, though the Colorado's GM has repeatedly said he will not be traded.
MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone wrote on Dec. 9 that it would likely take trading LHP Steven Matz, SS Amed Rosario and other prospects to get McCutchen from the Pirates.
Mets top SS prospect Amed Rosario and LHP Steven Matz (USA Today Images)
Before having room for McCutchen, or any other center fielder, the Mets would first need to make multiple trades, such as dealing both Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, Rosenthal adds.