Almost a year ago, the Mets were overflowing with outfielders. After picking up the option on Jay Bruce’s contract and then re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, they had an unbalanced roster and were looking to move an outfielder. Now, after releasing Nori Aoki on Monday, they are down to a manageable four outfielders.

But, that may not be enough.

With Michael Conforto coming off an unusual shoulder injury, uncertain to be ready for the 2018 season and the Mets not sure what he will be able to give them, the team needs to not only bring in another outfielder, but one who can help their lineup.

The dream for Mets fans would be to make a deal with the Marlins, who in an attempt to shed payroll, are reportedly looking to move Giancarlo Stanton.The 27-year old notched 59 home runs and 132 RBI in a career-high 159 games this season. And while he comes with a contract that pays him a fairly reasonable $25 million next season, that contract also runs through 2028 — his age 38 season.