Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mariners, Cubs, Blue Jays and possibly the Yankees, could all have interest in free-agent OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is likely to get a deal worth at least $75 million for five years (if not more), according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Instead of Ellsbury, Heyman expects the Mets to make a pitch for free-agent OF Shin-Soo Choo, who will likely command a lesser deal.
Also in the outfield and at first base on Heyman’s list of the Top 50 Free Agents are: Hunter Pence, Nelson Cruz, Kendry Morales, Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson, Justin Morneau, Corey Hart, Nate McLouth, Michael Morse and James Loney.
In other words, if the Mets have — and are willing to spend — $50 million this offseason, there is plenty to work with on Heyman’s list that can significantly improve this team without major, long-term commitments.
Read More: CBS Sports (Heyman)