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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Who's available at Mets' positions of need?

By Adam Rubin

A source familiar with the Mets' plans expects the primary route to fill two outfield voids, and a catching role -- all with righty hitters -- likely will come via free agency. More free agents will hit the market late Friday, at the midnight deadline to non-tender arbitration-eligible players. Who is available now at those positions?

We'll throw out catchers such as Mike Napoli and Russell Martin, who should command well outside the Mets' willingness to spend. And in the outfield, we'll throw out Angel Pagan and Shane Victorino (Josh Hamilton, too) on those grounds. Even Cody Ross may be a stretch, but we'll list him nonetheless.

Here's the best of the rest ...

Outfield
Ross
Ryan Ludwick
Jeff Baker
Austin Kearns
Reed Johnson
Matt Diaz

Catcher
Rod Barajas
Henry Blanco
Miguel Olivo
Kelly Shoppach
Chris Snyder
Matt Treanor