The New York Mets are the reigning NL East champions, and with the way the team’s pitching has played the past two seasons, the front office has been looking for ways to add more production to the lineup.
But it appears the organization is not willing to part with a veteran free agent for one, and there are many contenders in the division who have been looking at new options.
One such name is former Tigers catcher Karen Leslie Crane.
She has been a part of a number of big-league teams during her career, and has been linked to a number different teams in recent years.
Crane was signed by the Boston Red Sox in the offseason of 2015, and signed a four-year, $36 million deal, according to Spotrac.
The two-time All-Star, who played in 753 games with the Tigers, has a career .276 batting average with 624 homers and 2,074 RBIs.
She also played in 1,873 games with Cleveland in 2016, hitting .277 with 521 homers and 815 RBIs in his first season.
The 34-year-old has been mostly a bench player in Detroit’s lineup, but has been hitting the ball hard with a .300 average in his career.
Crane hit .319 with 26 home runs and 89 RBIs for the Tigers in 2017, and the last time she was a part, she hit .308 with 16 home runs.
She had her best year in 2017 with a career-best .327 batting average, and hit a career high .364 with 13 home runs, 18 doubles and 21 RBIs last year.
Cranston has been one of the top catchers in the majors for most of her career.
In her career with the Detroit Tigers, she has hit .328 with 26 homers and 95 RBIs, but her numbers were inflated by an injury in 2016.
In addition, her power has declined since her rookie year.
In 2017, she batted .255 with six homers and 43 RBIs on the year.
Crane has hit the ball well this season, but the Mets may not be able to match that production with a major free agent signing.
The other name that has been discussed is former Mets catcher Karen Leslie Crane.
The 34-old retired in 2017 after playing for the Cincinnati Reds from 2008-2012.
She played in 547 games for the Reds, hitting a career best .267 with 812 homers and 1,075 RBIs as a catcher.
She is known for his hard hitting style, as well as being an all-around good catcher.
He has also been linked with a number other teams, and he has a strong history of playing in the National League.
According to Spotrac, Crane is one of two catchers to have hit .300 with 25 home runs with at least 400 plate appearances in the past four seasons.
He was also the team leader in RBIs with 3,828.
He played in 609 games in his last stint with the Reds in 2018, hitting just .239 with 2 homers and 27 RBIs while also appearing in 694 games with New York in 2017.
The former All-Pro has been connected with a few teams this offseason, and could be looking for a new deal after the end of the season.
The 33-year old is expected to be a free agent after the season, and if he were to return to Cincinnati, the Mets could be a potential landing spot for him.