The New York Mets are indeed still looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. This follows the report from last week in which Jerry Crasnick said the team could be looking at players like Johnny Damon, Kosuke Fukudome, Rick Ankiel, Juan Pierre and Raul Ibanez.
Heyman notes that Mets aren't just looking for the lefty hitter to fill out their roster, they're looking for the money to make it happen. All of the players mentioned previously by Crasnick would come at a significant discount.
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "mets still interested in a lefthanded hitting OF. At present appear to be trying to scrounge up the $. #sparechange"
Mets Rumors: New York Is Looking At Lefty Outfielders - MLB Daily Dish
At the moment, the Mets are expected to start Jason Bay and Lucas Duda on the outfield corners with Andres Torres filling in center. Scott Hairston is expected to be New York's fourth outfielder, but another option at the position could be useful. Bay is getting old, Torres had an underwhelming 2011 and Duda may be stretching himself in the outfield, so additional depth could be really useful.