The New York Mets have a troubling financial situation, mostly thanks to the fact that owner Fred Wilpon was grossly swindled by his old pal Bernie Madoff. That hasn't given them any room to seriously go after any kind of big-dollar free agents, including their former shortstop Jose Reyes, who is now, of course, with the division rival Miami Marlins.
ESPN has it that the team is on the hunt right now , though, as the free-agent marketplace starts to dry up (and the dollar requirements start to fall) for a left-handed hitting outfielder.
The team is monitoring the situation of such folks as Johnny Damon, Raul Ibanez, Kosuke Fukudome, Rick Ankiel, and Juan Pierre, the site notes.
So far in 2012 , the Mets have signed six free agents: shortstops Ronny Cedeno, Sean Kazman, and Omar Quintanilla, pitchers Miguel Batista and Fernando Cabrera, and right fielder Scott Hairston.
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