The Mets will target Denard Span in free agency and keep tabs on Gerardo Parra and Dexter Fowler, writes Marc Carig of Newsday.
Span, 31, who suffered through an injury-plagued 2015 with the Washington Nationals, is a left-handed hitter. He appeared in just 61 games for the Nationals in 2015 and hit .301/.365/.431. He would also add an element of speed at the top of the Mets' lineup. He stole 11 bases in his limited 2015 campaign and set a career high with 31 in 2014. He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals.
Parra, 28, is also a left-handed hitter and split last season between the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles, playing all three outfield positions while hitting .291/.328/.452 with a career-high 14 home runs. The Mets were interested in him at the trade deadline during the season.
The switch-hitting Fowler, 29, was the primary leadoff man and center fielder for the Chicago Cubs in 2015, where he hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases.