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Cafardo speculates that Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis could interest Mets

By Danny Abriano
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In the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo wrote the following about pending free agent outfielder Nick Markakis:

"One team to watch for would be the Giants, who though relying heavily on Travis Ishikawa for big hits, would likely not commit to him as an everyday left fielder. But there will be others, such as the Mets, if they can’t get the power hitter (Nelson Cruz?) they’re seeking."

Markakis, who turns 31 next season, hit .275/.341/.399 in 672 plate appearances during 142 games for Baltimore this past season.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the starting point for Markakis’ next contract is likely to be $39 million for three years.

Cruz, 34, had a career-year power wise this season, leading the majors with 40 home runs.

Thoughts:

As was written in this space last week, I’m of the opinion that Nick Markakis is not a fit for the Mets.

Some of the reasons why Markakis isn’t a fit?

Lack of power, high cost, the draft pick compensation he’ll be attached to, and his diminishing overall game.

As far as Cruz is concerned, while the Mets had some interest in him last offseason (prior to signing Curtis Granderson), it would be stunning if the Mets went after him this offseason.

Cruz has always been a poor defender, and should be used primarily as a designated hitter at this point in his career. He’s also coming off a career year where his numbers were inflated by playing half of his games in a band box.

With Granderson now on board and Cruz very likely attached to draft pick compensation (and seeking a four-year deal for roughly $70 million), he’s simply not a fit for the Mets.

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