After introducing Jed Lowrie on Wednesday at Citi Field, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen stopped short of saying the team is done making big moves this offseason. But he said an outfield upgrade is not a 'top priority' at the moment.
"If other opportunities present themselves down the road, we'll be open to them," Van Wagenen said during the press conference introducing Lowrie. But he went into greater detail during his scrum with reporters after.
"Let's be candid. The outfield is probably not our top priority at this point because with (Jeff) McNeil going out to the outfield, he gives us another really good weapon to be in the lineup on a potentially everyday basis," Van Wagenen said. "By adding Keon Broxton in a trade a couple of weeks ago, he now gives us even more coverage, protection, and competition for (Juan) Lagares out there."
Van Wagenen had been responding to a question about free agent Bryce Harper, but the Mets' GM has also been linked to fellow free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting Tuesday that the Mets were monitoring Pollock's market.
"We'll never rule out looking at great players," Van Wagenn concluded. "And if we can find a way to make deals happen, we'll be creative with it. I think from a fit standpoint -- both in the outfield and in the infield -- I think we're in pretty good position as we go forward."
With Yoenis Cespedes expected to miss most, if not all of the 2019 season, the Mets are currently set to enter the season with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo as the only expected regulars.
As Van Wagenen noted Wednesday, a lot of playing time in the outfield could also go to Jeff McNeil. However, in order to have McNeil, Conforto, and Nimmo in the outfield at the same time, the Mets will be sacrificing when it comes to defense in center field.