Report: Mets will meet with Denard Span in January


As the Mets look for a potential platoon option with Juan Lagares in center field, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the the club will meet with free agent outfielder Denard Span in January.

Span, who turns 32 in February, was limited to just 61 games last season due to injury and underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He plans to hold workouts with individual teams after the new year in order to prove his health and conditioning.

Lagares owns a lowly .627 OPS against right-handed pitching in his career, so the lefty-swinging Span would be a good fit. Even with all the injuries last year, Span hit .301 with a .365 on-base percentage. One bonus is that he was not given a qualifying offer by the Nationals, so he is not attached to draft pick compensation. This will create some competition assuming Span is healthy.

The Mets have also been connected to free agent outfielders Gerardo Parra and Will Venable, among others, but the club is not expected to make a run at retaining Yoenis Cespedes.