Mets up to something, working on acquiring an outfielder

Coco Crisp polaroidThe New York Post’s Mike Puma says he’s hearing the Mets may soon add a new outfielder.

“It’s a name that hasn’t been linked to the Mets,” he later added.

Puma’s colleague, Ken Davidoff, says the front office has been working on something for the outfield.

Davidoff says Mets official wouldn’t rule out the idea of acquiring A’s center fielder Coco Crisp.

Crisp hit .259 with a .325 OBP, 11 HR and 46 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 2012.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Crisp does make sense for the Mets. He’s only a decent defensive center fielder at this point in his career, but he’d add a nice element to the top of the team’s lineup (since he still draws enough walks and he’s still pretty quick), which would also allow Ruben Tejada to move back to batting second. I also like that he’s on a one-year deal (at $7 million) with a team option for 2014.

The Rays, Indians and Mariners have all asked the A’s about the availability of their outfielders this winter.

During the Winter Meetings, Andy Martino of the Daily News said the Mets were talking with teams about acquiring an outfielder by trading some of their pitching prospects, like Darin Gorski. Assuming the market breaks right, I also think there is a chance they sign a free-agent outfielder, like a Cody Ross or Scott Hairston, in addition to trading for a player like Crisp or D’Backs OF Jason Kubel.