Mets Rumors: NY ‘Kicking the Tires’ on Cody Ross

The New York Mets are actively pursuing free agent help and are “kicking the tires” on outfielder Cody Ross, reports Mike Puma of The New York Post.

After departing last week’s Winter Meetings with nothing more than a signed contract from David Wright, the Mets continue to actively pursue free-agent help and are “kicking the tires” on outfielder Cody Ross, according to multiple sources.

The Mets have been seeking offense on the free agent market since the offseason began, but options “in the club’s price range” such as Ryan Ludwick, Nate Schierholtz and Mark Reynolds have signed elsewhere.

While Ross is reportedly seeking a three-year contract in the range of $25 million, it is unlikely that the Mets offer the free agent more than two guaranteed years. New York views Ross as an everyday right fielder that would be an upgrade over Scott Hairston.

Puma notes that Ross has also been tied to other teams, including the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. The 31-year-old hit .267 with 22 home runs last season for the Boston Red Sox.

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