What you are about to read is purely my own speculation based on what has transpired this past offseason and current scenarios surrounding the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers. No official report has been made in regards to what I am about to suggest.
There's no question that the Mets came into this past winter looking to upgrade their outfield. As it stands now, Mets fans will likely see some combination of Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill and Kirk Nieuwenhuis patrolling their outfield in 2013. This grouping has a total of 124 career home runs, with more than half of them belonging to Byrd.
The Mets had their opportunities to improve this outfield. They were seriously considering signing Michael Bourn before he was scooped up by the Cleveland Indians. They were reportedly in on trade whispers revolving Justin Upton before he was sent from Arizona to Atlanta. But instead, Byrd represents the Mets' most significant outfield acquisition, and he was signed to a minor league contract.
As we make our way through Spring Training and towards Opening Day, there is still time for the Mets to make one last-ditch effort to better their outfield. And current rumors have the Tigers' outfielder Brennan Boesch as being available.
Will the Mets acquire an outfielder before Opening Day?
The Tigers have a full outfield, with the newly-acquired Torii Hunter manning right field, Austin Jackson patrolling center and Andy Dirks likely to be the starting left fielder. And while Boesch may not posses the talents of Bourn or Upton, he would still be considered an upgrade over the Mets current options. He has the same amount of career home runs (42) as the Mets' entire outfield, less Byrd.
The left-handed hitting outfielder will be entering his age-28 season, and though he's been battling an oblique injury early this spring, he had his first live-game action on Tuesday and is becoming increasingly healthy.
What the Tigers are searching for is bullpen help, specifically a closer that can potentially give youngster Bruce Rondon some more seasoning before taking over the role. This winter the Mets brought in some veteran relievers that have extensive closing experience including LaTroy Hawkins (on a minor league deal) and, more recently, Brandon Lyon. The Mets also have Bobby Parnell, whose closing experience is not all that extensive, but has been tasked with being the Mets' Opening Day stopper in 2013. The Mets have explored deals for the hard-throwing righty in the past.
With the Tigers, Boesch has no clear role in 2013. With the Mets, he would likely become an instant starting outfielder.
Again, this is strictly speculation on my part. But given each team's current needs and possessions, a deal involving Boesch is not really all that far-fetched. There's still more than three weeks until Opening Day. A lot can happen in three weeks.