He wants a power bat for the bench, like Phillies had with Matt Stairs, even if the player is unable to play a variety of positions, like Mike Jacobs.
We at Fonzie have been saying that all offseason. But instead of crying over spilled milk - what is there left out there?
The Mets absolutely NEED to be in on Jonny Gomes right now, as he is still a free agent. Gomes hit a great .267/.338/.541 for the Reds last season - and although that was far above his career line of .241/.330/.471 - even his career marks are good for a 109 OPS+.
He will be playing the entirety of this season at age 29, so he's in his prime right now. Even more importantly, he CRUSHES lefties - hitting .307/.369/.545 against them last season and .274/.369/.517 against them for his career.
Aaron Gleeman reported just this afternoon that Gomes is still on the market searching for a better offer. And the real kicker? His best offer on the table now is a minor league deal from the Reds. How come nobody will give this guy a major league contract or guaranteed money?
He plays a poor outfield, but did post a +2.2 UZR/150 in left field last season over 253 innings. Maybe we can slap a first baseman's mitt on him and have him back up 1B, and LF. Either way, he would be a strong option to pinch hit off the bench late in games, could grab an occasional start against lefties, and occupy the last spot on our roster.
I don't think the fact that the Mets already have Tatis should stop them from offering a cheap deal to Gomes. The man had 20(!!) home runs last year in only 281 at-bats. He's the answer and he's there for the taking, even on February 19th.
 You'd have Blanco, Cora, and Tatis as your infielders, and Gary Matthews and Gomes as your outfielders. We'd lack a super-strong pinch hitter against righties, but only until May when Beltran returns and Angel Pagan can assume the role. Even so, Gomes had a .244/.320/.539 slg against righties last season. We'd be looking at probably the best bench the Mets have had in several years if we made this move.
 Either way it would have made a ton more sense than signing Jacobs, who is left-handed, worse, and can only play first. I'd cut Jacobs today and give that exact contract to Gomes.