The New York Mets have been ravaged by injuries this season but they are still capable of making the playoffs if they can sign an additional player. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Mets are interested in ex-Met Jose Reyes and veteran Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel.
The Mets lost third baseman David Wright for the season when he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck. For the meantime, manager Terry Collins is using Wilmer Flores at third but there might be better options in the free agent market.
The first option is former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, who was released by the Colorado Rockies on June 15. The Rockies decided to eat up the remaining $34 million in his contract as they did not want to have him following his suspension from a domestic violence incident.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets are “debating internally” whether to sign Reyes or not. The 33-year-old had a successful eight years in New York before leaving in 2012 to join the Miami Marlins.
The Mets reportedly want him to play third base and platoon with Flores. However, it should be noted that he is not the same hitter and fielder as age slowed him down the past couple of years. Nonetheless, he could help the team if they signed him for the rest of the season.
On the other hand, the second option for the Mets is Cuban third baseman Yulieski Gourriel. The 32-year-old was declared as a free agent by the MLB last week and he is now free to sign with any team he wants.
However, Gourriel’s camp is seeking a multi-year deal but his age will be a very difficult bargaining chip. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported that the Mets are also interested in signing Gourriel. He added that the Cuban perfectly fits in New York.
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