The Mets are among the teams that will meet with outfielder Denard Span sometime in the new year, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes. The Mets want to determine if Span is healthy before signing him — he missed time with a series of injuries in 2015 before finally having season-ending hip surgery in September, and he wound up playing in just 61 games.
As Davidoff notes, adding Span would enable the Mets to move the light-hitting Juan Lagares into a fourth outfielder role. The Mets have also been connected to Gerardo Parra (who is, like Span, a left-handed hitter capable of playing center field) and could pursue other outfield options as well.
The 31-year-old Span was effective when he was able to play in 2015, batting .301/.365/.431 in 275 plate appearances and stealing 11 bases without being caught. His defense has historically been strong in center field, although his performance in metrics like UZR and Defensive Runs Saved has regressed in the last two seasons.
In addition to the Mets, Span has also been connected to the Nationals (the team with whom he played the last three seasons) this winter, although the Nationals reportedly also want to see whether Span is healthy before they sign him. Via Davidoff, Span’s agent Scott Boras says his client has already met with some teams.