Originally written on BigAppleMetsTalk  |  Last updated 10/29/14
#bbpBox_162591686814482432 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_162591686814482432 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }The #Mets are diligently monitoring the LH-hitting OF market: Damon, Fukudome, Ankiel, Ibanez and Pierre.about 21 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite@jcrasnickJerry Crasnick Today reports surfaced that the Mets are keeping tabs on the remaining left handed hitters still available on the Free Agent market. Some of the players that bat left handed that remain unsigned are Kosuke Fukudome, Juan Pierre, Johnny Damon Raul Ibanez and Rick Ankiel. I have to be honest, I am not sure who, if any I would get really excited about.  One thing I do know is that I am open to bringing in any of the above mentioned players as a safety net, platoon or bench options. I will not be sold on Jason Bay returning to form until I see it. Andres Torres is a great guy to have in the clubhouse, and is solid defensively.  However, he is a very flawed offensive player which means that production in Center could be anywhere from solid to sporadic and even non existent. Duda showed an impressive display of offensive power and production last season.  Although I need to see it again to be sure it is from real, and he still has a lot of work to do defensively. With the outfield still in a bit of flux, and far from solid overall there is a very real potential Sandy Alderson could bring in any one of these guys if they come at the right price. If I had to rank the guys listed above in order of who I want most I would start out with Johnny Damon.  He still has something left in that bat of his, despite his defensive shortcomings.  He still can swipe a bag, is clutch and can still provide a presence at the top of the order if needed.  I also have interest in Raul Ibanez and Juan Pierre for either platoon with Duda or sub for Jason Bay.  Pierre provides exceptional speed and is a very good lead off option or substitute runner.  Ibanez still has some pop left in his bat and would be a very nice fit as a left handed alternative to Duda and Bay.  
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