MLB Rumors: NL Contender Has Interest In Tommy Pham

With Andrew McCutchen coming off the board, the selection of available free agent outfielders is getting slimmer. That being said, there are still a few serviceable ones out there, and the New York Mets are considering all possibilities. They've now been linked to Tommy Pham. 

The Mets are in need of a 4th outfielder, and Pham's name has entered the discussion. Pham has been a 20-20 player (HR/SB) twice since his big breakthrough season in the majors in 2017. 

He has a career .354 on-base percentage, to go with a .259 average and .787 OPS. At age 34 last season, he struggled a bit with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, hitting .236 with an OPS+ of 87 — 13% below league average. He hit 17 HR and stole eight bases, but scored a robust 89 runs across those two stops. 

Pham hits from the right-side, and he's been able to hit lefties pretty well throughout his career, a trend that continued in 2022 despite his troubles with right-handers. With Daniel Vogelbach already on hand to hit from the left side, a right-handed bat is something the Mets are looking for in a 4th outfielder/DH role. There are some other candidates out there, as well, so they'll continue to weigh their options. 

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