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Finding free agent outfield help for the Mets, Part 2

The Mets haven’t done anything in the outfield yet this offseason.

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The Mets have plenty of needs as they continue to build their roster for the 2024 season, and while pitching might be their most glaring weakness right now, the outfield could also use some help. All four outfielders who we touched upon in the first part of this series are still available, but let’s take a quick look at a few more.

Adam Duvall: Coming off a down year in Atlanta in 2022, Duvall bounced back this year in Boston. The 35-year-old hit .247/.303/.531 with 21 home runs in 353 plate appearances. He fared better against right-handed pitchers than left-handed pitchers this year, and over the course of his career, his platoon splits really aren’t drastic. But in some seasons, he’s destroyed left-handed pitching. Maybe that makes him slightly harder to deploy correctly moving forward, but there’s power in his bat, and the Mets’ current projected lineup isn’t exactly replete with power.

Tommy Pham: Given some of the comments that Pham made about his teammates’ lack of effort in his time with the Mets this year, it would be fairly surprising to see the team bring him back. The deal the Mets signed him to last offseason turned out to be great, though, as the 35-year-old hit .268/.348/.472 with 10 home runs and a 125 wRC+ in his time with the Mets before being traded to the Diamondbacks at the deadline. He didn’t hit quite as well there and ended his season with a 110 wRC+, but he’ll be a useful outfielder somewhere next year.

Teoscar Hernandez: After spending five-and-a-half seasons with the Blue Jays and establishing himself as a very good hitter in his time there, Hernandez struggled a bit with the Mariners after he was traded there last offseason. Things weren’t a total disaster, as he hit .258/.305/.435 with 26 home runs and a 105 wRC+. But from 2020 through 2022, Hernandez had a cumulative 133 wRC+ with the Blue Jays and peaked at 4.3 fWAR in the 2021 season. The projections at FanGraphs have him getting a three-year deal worth $45 million, which shouldn’t be out of reach for the Mets.

Michael A. Taylor: Of all the outfielders we’ve mentioned thus far, Taylor is the only one who’s already been linked to the Mets in a rumor. There’s no question that defense is Taylor’s strong suit, as he was worth 1.7 fWAR this year for the Twins despite hitting just .220/.278/.442 with a 96 wRC+. He hit 21 home runs and stole 13 bases in just 388 plate appearances, and he’s a useful if unexciting player overall.