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Mets express interest in Ben Zobrist and Gerardo Parra, sources say

Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals

Ben Zobrist #18 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on Oct. 20, 2015 in Toronto. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Tom Szczerbowski

In the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, Ben Zobrist and Gerardo Parra emerged as intriguing targets for the Mets. Now, months later, both again appear to be on their radar.

The Mets have been in touch with representatives for both players, according to industry sources. That's no surprise, given the team's needs.

The Mets must fill the void left at second base by departing free agent Daniel Murphy. Zobrist could be part of the answer, seeing time there until prospect Dilson Herrera proves he's ready to take the job. Zobrist's versatility also would allow him to provide insurance at other spots, including third base, where David Wright will be entering his first full season since his diagnosis of spinal stenosis.

Zobrist, 34, hit .276 (.359 OBP) with 13 homers and 56 RBIs last season with the A's and Royals, who acquired him at the trade deadline after the Mets expressed interest.

Zobrist appeared at second base, third base, leftfield and rightfield in 2015.

Parra, 28, could be the platoon centerfielder the Mets pair with Juan Lagares. The lefthanded-hitting Parra fared better against righties, making him a strong complement for Lagares.

Though he might be better suited to play a corner outfield spot, there is belief in the organization that he could handle centerfield duties.

Parra hit .291 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs, though he faded after his deadline trade from the Brewers to the Orioles.


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