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Mets’ pros and cons of signing free agent infielder Brett Lawrie

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Jul 19, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie (15) points to the crowd after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 19, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie (15) points to the crowd after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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INF Brett Lawrie is now a free agent. The Mets are reportedly interested in him. But should they go after him?

Brett Lawrie has recently been waived by the Chicago White Sox. This raises the question as to whether or not the Mets should take a chance on him. Although Lawrie said he is not yet ready to test the open market, the Mets should maybe begin to explore the idea of adding him to the roster. Additionally, it’s already been reported that the Mets are one of a few teams interested in him.

Lawrie, 27, was a former first round pick and top prospect. He has not yet substantially lived up to his expectations, sporting a career .261 average and 71 home runs. However, he is an above average fielder at the hot corner, and brings balance with his bat at the end of the lineup.

Lawrie is more experienced than other potential backup third basemen, such as Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores. He has had playoff experience with the Blue Jays, and brings a positive presence into the clubhouse surrounded by young players, especially once the dog days of summer come.

And, if the probable starting third baseman Jose Reyes were to get hit with the injury bug, and with David Wright already facing many setbacks, the Mets could possibly use Lawrie to either start third base, or to backup Flores.

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