With Sandy Alderson’s big outfield acquisition of the offseason now spoken for, the Mets may look to the scrapheap to see if they can get lucky and find another Marlon Byrd.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes:
Outfielder Jaff Decker, who was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres this week, could be a fit as the Mets look to reconstruct their outfield for 2014, a baseball official unaffiliated with the New York ballclub predicted to ESPNNewYork.com.
The 23-year-old Decker, is a lefty hitter who plays all three outfield positions and made his major league debut last season with San Diego batting .154/.233/.269 in 26 at-bats.
Decker hit .286 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in 350 at-bats with Triple-A Tucson. He also had a .381 on-base percentage, making him the type of player that fits the Mets’ philosophy.
A career .268 hitter in the minors with a 28% strikeout rate, Decker should have great appeal to the front office who are looking for high on-base targets.