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In this era which has featured dominant pitching, a decline in power and a sub 1.000 OPS potentially leading the league, teams rely on their corner outfielders for the bulk of their power.
This year, the Mets have not been carried by the production of their corner outfielders.
Scott Hairston has been a terrific bat off the bench, but is certainly not a starter. If they can acquire a power-hitter to play right field then he can return to his natural role as a late-inning pinch-hitter and the team will benefit greatly from that.
Lucas Duda has provided 13 home runs, but given the glimpses of greatness he showed in 2011, that is a bit of a disappointment.
The team has not given up on Duda, but at 26-years-old he might not have the ceiling that the organization had hoped for him.
Obviously, Jason Bay, the $66 million man occupying left field, has been an unmitigated disaster, but there is virtually no way the Mets can rid themselves of that contract without taking on an equally disastrous one. If he can provide some sort of rejuvenated performance that would be a plus, but it appears Terry Collins is set on limiting his usage to only facing left-handed pitchers
Basically, if the Mets can acquire a bat such as Corey Hart they can help their team in two ways. First, they will receive much better production in the middle of the order than they have. Secondly, it would enable Hairston to become one of the most devastating right-handed bats off the bench in the National League.
Center field is not as much of an offensive position, so if the Mets can at least receive positive defense from Kirk Nieuwenhuis or someone else then it will not be a disaster.