Interested Teams: New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves
This is another situation that’s a bit cloudy because of both Pollock’s asking price (around five years and $80 million), along with being behind the big domino (Harper) that needs to fall first.
The Reds still need a center fielder after non-tendering Billy Hamilton, but they’ve already invested a lot of money into the outfield with the acquisitions of Puig and Kemp. The Mets look like the most logical fit based on need since Yoenis Cespedes‘ health is up in the air and the only natural center fielder on the 40-man roster being Juan Lagares.
While the Mets were sincerely interested in Pollock (and probably still are), a pairing here probably will happen unless the oft-injured 31-year-old eases on his contract demands. If not, there’s space on the roster and in the payroll for him with the White Sox.