The Tigers announced this morning that they have released Outfielder Brennan Boesch. Boesch will get 1/6th of his arbitration $2.3 million salary from the Tigers and will now go through waivers. If a team claims him the new team will get Boesch and his $2.3 salary. If no team claims him, Boesch will become a free agent and Boesch and his agent Scott Boras are free to discuss a contract with any club.
The Mets should be involved with Boesch. At this point the Mets should discuss any outfield option that becomes available. Boesch will probably get through waivers so he will be cheap, he’s young enough to bounce back from a tough 2012, and he has a lot of power. Boesch is mostly a left fielder but could probably play right field if needed. Boesch has 42 homeruns and a .259 career average in 380 career games. That’s a track record that the Mets just don’t have in their outfield right now. Boesch should have interest in coming to New York as he probably won’t find a better chance at playing time anywhere else. (Except maybe the Astros)
Boesch has a long swing and can be streaky but when he’s right he can be a very valuable hitter. In this Met lineup Boesch could hit 5th. While he is another left-handed hitter he has pop and if I were the Mets I would bring him in.
UPDATE: Boesch has signed with the New York Yankees. Boesch will get $1.5 million plus over $600K in incentives based on plate appearances.