New York Mets rumors: Best NL East outfields, Kazmir on the comeback trail and more

New York Mets, Yeonis Cespedes
Jul 20, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes (52) adjusts his sunglasses during warms up before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets rumors, links and news are here! In today’s edition, analyzed the outfield situation of each NL East team, including our beloved Mets, of course.

Former prospect (infamously traded for Victor Zambrano) Scott Kazmir is reportedly on the comeback trail.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day: The folks at MLB’s official site put together a thorough analysis of each NL East team outfield situation. With Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, J.D. Davis, Jake Marisnick and Dominic Smith in the fold, not to mention the impending return of Yoenis Cespedes, the New York Mets seem to be in a good place, at least offensively.

MLB named the Atlanta Braves’ group as the best of the bunch. After all, they have Gold-Glove caliber center fielder Ender Inciarte and they just signed slugger Marcell Ozuna. The Washington Nationals have MLB’s premier center fielder Victor Robles as well as bright young star Juan Soto, among others.

About the Mets, the writeup says: “The most significant question surrounding the Mets’ outfield is what, if anything, Yoenis Céspedes will be able to provide. Céspedes has not played since July 2018; he has since undergone multiple heel surgeries and sustained a fractured left ankle. If he makes the Mets’ Opening Day roster, it could be as a bench player.”

Tampa Bay Times: A few days ago, some footage of left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir throwing came to light. As it turns out, the former New York Mets’ prospect is actually preparing himself to give it another go to his playing career.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to get back,” Kazmir said. “I’m on a good path.” Kazmir hasn’t appeared in any MLB games since 2016, but he’s been working out in Houston and told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he hit 90.9 mph with his fastball during a recent bullpen session. He is now 36 years old but might be able to get an invitation to spring training.

SNY: Do you miss baseball? I know, we miss it too. But don’t get depressed! There are only 12 days left for pitchers and catchers to report for spring training. That’s less than two weeks! We can almost smell the cut grass and hear baseballs coming out of bats in a hurry.