The Mets are keeping tabs on free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler, says ESPN's Buster Olney, though Ben Zobrist remains their main interest. Fowler and Zobrist would address different needs for the Mets. While Zobrist tops the team's wish list, his increasing asking price could take him out of the picture for the Mets.
In 2015, the switch-hitting Fowler hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and career-high 3.2 fWAR for the Chicago Cubs. One of the Mets' initial center-field targets this offseason, alongside Denard Span and Gerardo Parra, Fowler's ability to get on base and hit for some power would make him a welcome addition to the lineup. Like Juan Lagares, Fowler has hit better against left-handed pitching in his major league career, though Fowler hasn't struggled nearly as much as Lagares against right-handed pitching.
After spending six seasons with the Colorado Rockies and one with the Houston Astros, Fowler set a career-high in home runs with the Cubs. He also logged new personal bests in games played (156) and plate appearances (596). He turns 30 in March and declined a qualifying offer from the Cubs, which means any other team that signs him this offseason would have to surrender its top available pick in the 2016 amateur draft.