The New York Mets are weighing Cuban free agent Yulieski Gourriel as an option for third base, according to Jon Heyman.
Gourriel, 32, was officially cleared to become an unrestricted free agent by MLB.
The Mets will hold a private workout for Gourriel, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.
"We're going to do our due diligence on that player," Alderson said.
He hit .335 with a .417 on-base percentage, .580 slugging percentage and 250 home runs in 5,491 plate appearances during 15 professional seasons between Cuba and Japan, according to Baseball-Reference.
Gourriel will likely command between $10 million and $11 million per season, however because of his age, it is possible he isn't worth more than a two-year deal, one scout recently told New York Daily News reporter John Harper.
Two team sources told the New York Post's Joel Sherman in early June that the Mets have not ruled out pursuing Gourriel even though they are not likely to sign him.
Alderson later said he was unsure whether Gourriel would be ready to help a major-league team this season, though he did not confirm or deny his interest in the player.
"We've always said that at some point down the line we need to be active in all areas of player acquisition," Alderson said previously. "Cuba is obviously a fertile ground. The problem with players coming out of Cuba is you don't have the same scouting access. And if you look at the track record of players with multiyear contracts, like all players with big contracts, it's not a 100 percent hit. So those are the other things that we have to take into account."
"Our preference has always been to diversify a little bit and spread ourselves. And that's typically not possible in the Cuban market. We're taking a look at that situation, and we'll look at that market in the future."
Both Yoenis Cedpedes and Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman told several reporters that Gourriel was the best hitter in Cuba during their time on field together.