The Mets plan to speak with Ben Zobrist's agent, says Mike Puma of the Post. Puma points out that the Mets realize they are one of many teams interested in the utilityman's services. Represented by Alan Nero, Zobrist made $7.5 million for in 2015.
Zobrist could stand to cash in this off-season. There's a dearth of quality middle-infield options available via free agency, and Zobrist will bring a solid bat and positional flexibility to his next team. Having played every position in the field except catcher, Zobrist has played for the Rays, Athletics, and Royals since 2014. Acquired for a pair of prospects this past trade deadline, Zobrist's performance helped the Royals win their first World Series since 1985.
The Mets' level of interest will depend on Zobrist's price tag and, of course, whether or not Daniel Murphy accepts his qualifying offer. A two-time All-Star, Zobrist has hit more than 20 home runs three times in his career.