Free-agent third basemen Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier are "currently leading" the field of Mets infield candidates, sources told MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Saturday morning.
Latest on #Mets, per sources: Nunez, Frazier currently leading infield choices. Team leery of getting used by Frazier if he prefers #Yankees,— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 3, 2018
reluctant to bring back Walker, getting no traction on #Pirates’ Harrison. Also interested in adding SP - Cobb or Lynn - if prices fall.
Rosenthal notes the club is "leery of getting used by Frazier," who could be showing interest in the Mets to gain leverage on a better offer from the Yankees. Frazier, who can play both third and first base, hit 27 home runs in 147 games combined between the White Sox and Yankees last season.
Nunez, who batted .321/.353/.539 in 38 games for the Red Sox in 2017, has reportedly fully recovered from a right knee injury he sustained on Sept. 9. The 30-year-old has been working out in the Dominican Republic and has shown the ability to be a versatile defender in the infield.
Rosenthal adds the Mets are "reluctant to bring back" Neil Walker, who has endured recurring back issues and is reportedly seeking a multiyear contract. The 32-year-old second baseman batted .275/.344/.462 with 33 home runs and 91 RBIs in 186 games for the Mets over the past two seasons before being traded to the Brewers at the 2017 Trade Deadline.
The Mets have also not had any luck in their pursuit of the Pirates' Josh Harrison, a versatile player the club has shown strong interest in this offseason.
Incumbent Asdrubal Cabrera has mentioned his desire to play second base in 2018 for the Mets, so acquiring a third baseman like Nunez or Frazier could help solidify the team's infield for 2018.
The Mets could also be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, possibly right-handers Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn, "if prices fall," according to Rosenthal.
Both hurlers would add depth to a rotation that has shown plenty of potential but struggled with injuries last season.
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