The New York Mets were reportedly one of the teams expressing some level of interest in outfielder Brennan Boesch, who was released by the Detroit Tigers yesterday. Mike Puma of The New York Post hears the team's interest in the free agent is "marginal."
Jon Heyman believed the Mets would have interest in Boesch following his release from the Tigers. Considering the questions surrounding New York's crop of outfielders, Heyman asked how could they not at least kick the tires on Boesch?
On the other hand, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com didn't expect the Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson to seriously pursue Boesch. But he wouldn't close the door on the potential of Boesch signing in the Big Apple, as he pointed to Marlon Byrd's contract with the Mets as something he also didn't see happening.
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The Mets currently have several relatively young and/or inexperienced players vying for roles in the team's outfield, including Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Collin Cowgill and Jordanny Valdespin. Byrd is also in camp on a minor league contract.
Boesch hit .283/.341/.458 with 25 doubles and 16 home runs in 2011, earning a role as the Tigers' regular right fielder in 2012. He went on to struggle last season, finishing the year with a batting line of .240/.286/.372 over 503 plate appearances.