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Mets' free agency: Melky Cabrera a target?

MLB executives believe Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera could be targeted by the Mets this offseason.

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Mets could be in the market for the service of San Francisco Giants free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, if MLB executives who talked to the New York Post's Joel Sherman are to be believed.

Cabrera was having an MVP type season for the Giants during the 2012 season before his 50-game suspension for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level. Cabrera hit .346/.390/.516 with 11 home runs, 60 RBI and 36 walks in 113 games. Even after his suspension ended, the Giants did not reinstate Cabrera. There is still a possibility that the Giants will bring Cabrera back next season.

However, the Mets do have a need at the outfield position. Cabrera has hit .284/.338/.414 for his career with 69 homers, 417 RBI and 284 walks. The 28-year-old MLB veteran also has a career fielding average of .988. Cabrera has played more than 100 games at every outfield position during his career.