The New York Mets are monitoring the market for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton as well as Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News.
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The Mets "retain an unfilled craving" for a marquee outfielder after missing out on Justin Upton -- who was traded to the Atlanta Braves by the Arizona Diamondbacks -- and free agent Michael Bourn over the offseason, according to Martino. He gets the impression that New York would at least consider parting ways with its blue chip prospects -- including Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud -- in order to acquire a franchise player such as Stanton or Gonzalez.
Following their winter fire sale, the Marlins said they were not yet ready to ship out Stanton. It's also unclear if the Rockies will entertain offers for Gonzalez if they quickly find a resting place in the basement of the National League West. In the case of pursuing either player, the Mets may have to give up Wheeler and d'Arnaud plus additional pieces, based on beliefs inside the organization.
Martino says general manager Sandy Alderson is said to be "eager to accelerate the construction of a winning team" in New York, and he's open to all possibilities.