WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, also of FanRag Sports, reported Tuesday the Mets have some interest in the 29-year-old slugger.READ MORE: New York City Workers Must Be Vaccinated By Sept. 13 Or Face Weekly Testing, Mayor Says
Cespedes, however, remains “by far and away” the Mets’ top outfield target, Heyman reported.
It’s unclear how extensive talks between the Mets and Tigers have been regarding Martinez. Detroit is hoping to cut its payroll, and other teams believe Martinez is most likely to be moved because he is set to become a free agent after the 2017 season.READ MORE: Police: Woman Sexually Assaulted, Robbed After Being Thrown Down Stairs In Williamsburg
Martinez is set to make $11.75 million next season. He was limited to 120 games in 2016 but batted .307 with 22 home runs. A year earlier, he hit .282 with 38 homers.
Martinez could also be a Plan B for the other teams thought to be in the running for Cespedes — the Giants, Nationals and Dodgers.MORE NEWS: Parents Rally On Staten Island, Call On NYC To Lift Mask Mandate For Public School Students This Fall
Heyman noted that other trade possibilities for the Mets could include Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun or Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen. Outfielders available through free agency include Jose Bautista, Dexter Fowler, Mark Trumbo and Ian Desmond.