Melky Cabrera Rumors: Mets, Phillies Eyeing OF

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets are two teams that baseball executives believe could target free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

The Mets were one club that came up regularly as a potential landing spot for Cabrera, as were the outfield-needy Phillies.

Cabrera was suspended for 50 games this season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. One National League official told Sherman that the “real Melky” was a fourth outfielder while the “fake Melky” was the MVP of the All-Star Game.

The Phillies have several question marks in the outfield entering next season. The club traded veteran starters Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence this summer and Juan Pierre, who was a major contributor, is set to become a free agent.

Sherman notes that the Mets need outfielders and “don’t have a ton of money” to spend. He believes that if the club can sign Cabrera to an inexpensive contract they may be willing to use him as “outfield insurance” against Jason Bay and Lucas Duda.

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