Ben Zobrist visited with the Mets on Wednesday, had dinner and toured parts of Westchester and Connecticut with Jeff Wilpon, according to a tweet from FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (Dec. 4, 2015).
Zobrist will reportedly meet with two other teams, including the San Francisco Giants, Rosenthal reported (Dec. 4).
The Mets have not drawn a hard line in terms to length of a contract offer to Zorbist, meaning a four-year offer is not out of the question, according to Marc Carig of Newsday (Dec. 4).
Zobrist is Sandy Alderson's top target this winter (Dec. 1, 2015).
They also gave him a nice tour of Citi Field, from what I heard. It's hard to believe this front office is going to pony up a four-year, $60 million deal to get a 34-year-old utility guy, but I guess they're pretty serious. I was initially against it, just because it feels so odd. But, the more I think about it, a) he is more rounded player than Daniel Murphy, b) he's better in the field at more positions than Murphy, and c) it's not my money, so what do I care.
The fact is, if Zobrist can solve a variety of needs (play 30-40 games for David Wright at third base, hold down second until Dilson Herrera is ready, start occasionally at shortstop, and even play outfield if needed) and he helps the Mets get to October the next couple of years, than he was worth it. That last year or two on his deal will be gravy and something to deal with down the road...
The Nationals, Giants and Dodgers remain possible landing spots for Zobrist, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (Dec. 2, 4:45 pm).
It may cost at least a four-year, $60 million contract to sign him, and those numbers may go higher, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports (Dec. 1, 2015).
In total, 11 teams remain interested in acquiring him, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Dec. 2, 1:15 pm).
Zobrist hit .276 with a .359 on-base percentage, 13 home runs, 56 RBIs and .450 slugging percentage last season, after which he hit .303 in the postseason.