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New York Mets: Back-Up Left Handed First Baseman

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Fernando Tatis #17 of the New York Mets runs the bases against the Florida Marlins on April 29, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Marlins defeated the Mets 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ed feverCorrespondent IMay 29, 2016

It appears that the Mets are looking at their options in the event Carlos Delgado needs to rest his ailing hip.

Fernando Tatis has looked solid at the position, but if pushed into full-time work, most expect the law of diminished returns to set in, especially since his swing gets too big.

Dan Murphy and Jeremy Reed both took fielding practice at the position.

It's believed that Murphy is the team's future first baseman and it might be the only place, long term to keep his bat in the line-up and hide his glove. Prototypically, the first base position is where a power hitter fields in the National league. The year the Mets used Doug Mientkiewicz at first, they really missed the offense. If Murphy becomes the first baseman they will have to sign a power hitter for left field.

Jeremy Reed was a slick fielding first baseman in college, until his range seemed wasted at the position and he was moved to center field. What made Reed a top prospect was his bat, but what made him a major leaguer was his glove. If Reed could put it all together, he'd be much more then a defensive replacement.

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