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Mets: Six under the radar outfielders for them to consider

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds singles on a ground ball back to Kyle Crick #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning during the game at PNC Park on September 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds singles on a ground ball back to Kyle Crick #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning during the game at PNC Park on September 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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Andrew McCutchen

Pros

The former face of the Pittsburg Pirates, McCutchen was a 5 time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP before being traded to the San Francisco Giants last season, and then later on to the Yankees in late August of last year. Between the Giants and Yankees, he slugged 20 Home runs with 65 RBI while batting .255 with a .368 OBP.

Originally a Gold Glove Center Fielder, McCutchen has shown versatility last season, logging games in both left and right field. A career .287 hitter, McCutchen’s bat would be a welcome addition to the Mets lineup and his veteran leadership could help to aid the development of our younger players.

Cons

Despite being 32 years old and past his peak, McCutchen as shown he can still contribute to a ball club. With that, however, comes a larger price tag, and since the Mets are only looking for a stop gap until Cespedes returns, it may be wiser to spend more money on the other aspects of the team.

Additionally, even though he performed well last year, McCutchen’s productivity has been steadily declining over the past few seasons. While he still may seem capable now, if the Mets were to offer him a long-term deal, there’s a fair chance he will regress and the player they get at the beginning of it may not be the one they have at the end of it.

Proposed Contract

2 years $24 million

Like I said, I’d be hesitant to give McCutchen a longer-term deal due to his age, but I’d be comfortable with a two-year contract. Signing him would mean he’d be the opening day starter and his versatility would give the Mets plenty of options defensively.

He may be bit pricier than most entries on this list, but he’s a higher caliber player and is still a cheaper option when compared to the contracts Harper and Pollock are projected to get.

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