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MLB rumors: Lorenzo Cain - Mets in the works?

The Royals outfielder could be brought to Queens to round out the Mets' outfield.
Lorenzo Cain is being pursued by the New York Mets during the early portions of the offseason. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lorenzo Cain, the man who was a part of the Kansas City Royals team that beat the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, could be joining the team he helped defeat.

Now a free agent, Cain's representation has been contacted by the Mets, sources told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick

The Mets outfield is in need of some updating, especially in center field where Cain would figure to step in. 

Yoenis Cespedes isn't going anywhere in left and Michael Conforto, once his dislocated shoulder heals, will slot back in at the right field spot.

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But Juan Lagares and Brandon Nimmo have not proven that they can hold down center field by themselves. Both are injury-prone, more Lagares than Nimmo, and can't bring what Cain could to the top of the batting order. 

Batting .300 with a .363 on-base percentage in 155 games last season, Cain would have led the team in batting average and would have been second behind Conforto in OBP. Though Conforto played in 46 fewer games. 

Those kinds of numbers at the top of the Mets' order would be a huge addition to put in front of Conforto and Cespedes.

 
 
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