The New York Mets are in the market for a cheap veteran outfielder and free agent Cody Ross may fit the bill. The Mets have jumped into the pool of teams that are interested in the 31-year-old outfielder. The team joins the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees as organizations looking at Ross.
New York was reported as “kicking the tires” on Ross and looking to see if a deal would be plausible. However, the Mets are unlikely to give Ross more than a two-year deal.
With Zack Greinke signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the dominoes for the outfielders are expected to fall. Along with Ross, Nick Swisher and Josh Hamilton are also considering top-dollar deals from teams around the league. Ross is not expected to garner the money that Swisher or Hamilton will get but he could make a pretty penny.
If the Mets were to sign Ross, he could play right field instead of Mike Baxter. Ross batted .267/.326/.481 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI for the Red Sox last season in 130 games. Ross could end up with the Mets, Phillies, Yankees or Mariners seeing that the Braves and Red Sox already signed outfielders this offseaosn.
However, the Mets have a lot on their plate with R.A. Dickey so signing Ross would not be the top priority for the organization as of this second. With Dickey figured out, then the team could look to sign Ross or a different outfielder.