The New York Mets have fantastic young pitching, but their hitting is a problem and this offseason, the team appears to be serious in their attempts to improve that part of the team.

Two players that the Mets have talked to are utility man Ben Zobrist and outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post and Marc Carig of Newsday.com.

Zobrist is one of the most coveted players on the free agent market because of his defensive versatility. He is a decent hitter and he is also one of the best defensive players in all of baseball. Some teams may say they don’t have a spot for a player like Zobrist and that couldn’t be less true. He is a player you need to find a spot for on your roster. His value to a team cannot be overstated.

Parra was brilliant in his time with the Brewers in 2015, playing well offensively and defensively. The Brewers ended up selling high on Parra at the trade deadline and after that, Parra’s play went way down. In Milwaukee, Parra hit .328 and with Baltimore, he hit .237. Parra is neither a .328 or .237 hitter, he’s somewhere in the middle.

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