The Mets will try to prop up their offense this offseason and will be faced with a dilemma in doing so. They can take the free agent route and pick from a shallow market of available hitters, considering price and position. Or they can leverage their crop of young pitchers and prospects and go big.

Obviously, both options come with their own risks. And trading away a young pitcher would take away from the strength of the team.

If the Mets decide to go the free agent route, they could find a match with Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer. The New York Daily News reports that Mets brass sees him as “attractive on a two-year deal.”

Cuddyer hit .332 with 10 home runs in just 49 games during an injury-plagued season for the Rockies this year. He’ll also be 36 at the start of next season.

But Cuddyer is a good friend of David Wright, could give the Mets power from a corner outfield position and give the Mets a right-handed hitter to put at first base against lefties to spell Lucas Duda.

Cuddyer has also shown he can hit for power outside Colorado, hitting at least 20 home runs in his final six seasons in Minnesota.

The question, as always, if the market will turn the Mets’ way.

Mike Vorkunov may be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @Mike_Vorkunov. Find NJ.com Mets on Facebook.

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