The Mets have intensified their pursuit for left fielders Josh Willingham and Juan Rivera, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Given all their needs, the Mets like the idea of acquiring the more cost-effective Willingham or Rivera rather than signing Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. ESPN's Buster Olney notes that while the Mets have made inquiries on corner outfield trade targets, they are not close to a deal.
Willingham might be tough to pry loose, based on comments from Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. It's rumored that Rivera could be available as a way to clear a spot for the Angels to sign Jason Bay.
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