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Mets interested in Michael A. Taylor

The defense-first outfielder is a free agent.

Division Series - Houston Astros v Minnesota Twins - Game Four Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

In the first real Mets-related rumor of the Winter Meetings, the team has talked with outfielder Michael A. Taylor, according to Andy Martino. Taylor, entering his age 33 season, is an 11 year MLB veteran, having played the bulk of his career for the Washington Nationals.

Taylor, who won a Gold Glove in his first season with the Kansas City Royals in 2021, has always been thought of as an quality defender who can play all three outfield positions, but has been primarily a center fielder. In 2023, aside from a singe game at designated hitter, Taylor played exclusively center for the Twins. Over the past three full seasons, Taylor has been worth 5.8 dWAR with his glove.

Offensively, Taylor is not nearly as elite, however he had a bit of a power surge in 2023, hitting 21 home runs, a career high. Overall, Taylor’s career .239/.294/.389 slash line isn’t all that exciting.

While the Mets certainly need outfield help, given his age and skillset, Taylor seems better suited to be a fourth outfielder who can spell Brandon Nimmo in center a few games a week, rather than an every day player. With the Mets needing to add offense, there are any number of players who would provide more thump, even if Stearns “values defense and versatility,” according to Martino.