Cody Ross and Ryan Ludwick on Mets radar

With the Winter Meetings scheduled to get underway tomorrow in Nashville, a source familiar with the New York Mets’ plans has told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the primary route to fill two outfield voids, and a catching role — all with righty hitters — likely will come via free agency.  According to Rubin,

“A second team insider now also has insisted the Mets likely will spend for one quality outfielder. The source said don’t even rule out a return of Angel Pagan to Flushing, although the person cautioned it’s waaaaaay to early to speculate on that. There’s no direction yet for how high the market will get for Pagan.

Similarly, Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross seemingly are two of the more attractive righty-hitting outfielders, but it’s unclear where the market will take the bidding.

“I don’t think any of them are out of the question just yet,” an organization source said.”

If you have chatted with me on Twitter over the last couple of weeks then you already know I am a BIG fan of Cody Ross, and would love to see the Mets acquire the 31-year-old outfielder. The issue, however, with Ross is 1) it has been reported he wants to return to Boston and 2) he is seeking a 3-year deal according to Buster Olney:

Friends of Cody Ross believe BOS is in the lead in his neg. on 3-year deal. But sources say there haven’t been new talks in last few days.
Buster Olney

In 476 at-bats for the Red Sox in 2012, Ross produced a 267/.326/.481 slash line. The .481 slugging percentage was his best since his first full season in 2008. Ross feasted on left handers this year, batting .295 with a 1.009 OPS over 132 at-bats.  The outfielder batted .319 with 17 extra-base hits (8 2B, 9 HR) and 63 runs batted in with runners in scoring position:

Like Ross, Ludwick is another name that intrigues me. If it wasn’t for his age (34), sub-par defensive skills, and my unexplainable man-crush on Ross, I would probably consider him the better option.  Again, like Ross, Ludwick is reportedly seeking a 3-year deal, but according to John Fay, the Reds are unwilling to give the outfielder more than a 2-year deal, and so it will be interesting to see how the market develops for him:

#Reds, Ludwick still talking after he declines options. Jocketty says club unlikely to go more than two years.
John Fay

Ludwick had a nice bounce back season in 2012, batting .275 with 26 home runs and a .877 OPS in 422 at-bats for the Cincinatti Reds.




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