The Mets have some interest in Padres' first baseman James Loney, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Loney is currently playing for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso, but can opt out of his deal if a major-league opportunity arises elsewhere.
Loney has viewed his time in El Paso as a "tryout for all 30 clubs," according to a baseball source, with his opt-out clause being very flexible.
Loney's agents are expected to reach out to the Mets to see if there's a fit today, according to Sherman. San Diego has first right of refusal, meaning they could block Loney from joining another club by simply adding him to their 25-man roster.
New York is known to be looking for external options at first base after losing Lucas Duda for a significant amount of time due to a stress fracture in Duda's back. With the trade market still in its early stages of development, the team will instead likely have to focus on options like Loney in the minor leagues.
Loney, 32, signed with San Diego in early April after being released by the Rays out of spring training. He has hit .333/.368/.417 with two home runs in 39 games for El Paso.