Pagan return? Flores, Maldonado on radar

November, 30, 2012
That list posted Thursday regarding available righty-hitting free agents? Well, the Mets are working off a very similar list, according to one person briefed on the organization's plans.

Yes, scratch off Josh Hamilton and very likely Shane Victorino. They'll command too much for the Mets' appetite.

But a second team insider now also has insisted the Mets likely will spend for one quality outfielder. The source said don't even rule out a return of Angel Pagan to Flushing, although the person cautioned it's waaaaaay to early to speculate on that. There's no direction yet for how high the market will get for Pagan.

Similarly, Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross seemingly are two of the more attractive righty-hitting outfielders, but it's unclear where the market will take the bidding.

"I don't think any of them are out of the question just yet," an organization source said.

Other righty hitters on the market include Scott Hairston, Jeff Baker, Austin Kearns, Reed Johnson and Matt Diaz.

As for catcher, the righty-hitting candidates are not overwhelming: ex-Mets Kelly Shoppach, Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco as well as fellow free agents Miguel Olivo, Chris Snyder and Matt Treanor.

A major league source said the Mets also have compiled a list of other teams' backup catchers, with former Mets farmhand Jesus Flores of the Nats and Martin Maldonado of the Brewers being eyed by the Mets.

The non-tender deadline is midnight tonight, meaning more names will shake loose as free agents at both positions.

Two team insiders this week have now told it's likely the Mets achieve their needs through free agency rather than trades.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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