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Mets trade rumors: Ben Zobrist is 'No. 1 target'

Zobrist is expected to draw interest from numerous clubs this winter.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Zobrist is drawing a significant amount of interest and has emerged as the Mets' "No.1 target," according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Why this rumor makes sense

Zobrist was traded to the Athletics before the 2015 campaign and was ultimately dealt to the Royals before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The Mets have a need at second base and that is one of many positions Zobrist can play.

There is no form of draft pick compensation attached to Zobrist, which likely will make him that much more attractive to interested clubs.

New York's offense would likely benefit from the addition of another bat, and Zobrist could prove to be just that. Over 126 games last season, Zobrist batted .276/.359/.450 to complement 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. He has traditionally been better against left-handed pitchers, however he has hit right-handed arms well too.

After joining the Royals, Zobrist now has playoff experience and would probably prove to be just as productive as Daniel Murphy, who rejected a qualifying offer and is now a free agent. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson are both left-handed hitting outfielders, which could make Zobrist's ability to play in the that much more valuable.

Zobrist would likely improve the Mets' offense and could prove to be a notably versatile option.

Why this rumor does not make sense

Zobrist is said to be seeking a three or four year deal, and the Mets might not be in a position to spend on a major free agent this off-season.

The Braves, Nationals and Giants all appear to also be interested, so there is no guarantee Zobrist chooses the Mets.

Ultimately, Zobrist will likely accept the greatest offer, and that might not come from the Mets. The organization could spend elsewhere while still adding a productive bat.

Likeliness overall: 3/10

The Mets need a second baseman, but Zobrist will likely prove to be too expensive. New York will likely find another way to upgrade.