New York Mets: To Acquire or Build from within?

Wendy AdairAnalyst IMay 20, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 29:  Jeremy Reed #18 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)

The Mets will be without Carlos Delgado for approximately 10 weeks after he underwent hip surgery yesterday in New York.

While his teammates will miss his presence on the field and in the clubhouse, the Mets players know that they have to pick up the slack and move forward in the hopes that he will return for a successful August and September.

Jeremy Reed and Fernando Tatis have both done fairly admirable jobs replacing Delgado at first base, but the Mets need to be aware of who is available from outside the organization to fill the roster spot in the long term.

Both Reed and Tatis are more accustomed to outfield positions, even though Tatis is by nature a third baseman, but with David Wright in the lineup every day except for a physical emergency, his playing time will continue to be at other positions.

Daniel Murphy is struggling in all aspects of his game right now, but with regular play, he is most likely the future first baseman of the Mets, even though he has been playing left field.

Names from outside the Mets that are under consideration are Aubrey Huff, Nick Johnson, and Mark DeRosa.

While all three of these players have established themselves, there is a concern about them switching teams and adapting to new surroundings and teammates.

Omar Minaya has said that he is content to keep things within the organizations as far as roster moves but has not ruled out the possibility of upgrading his staff, infield, outfield, or pitching.

His eyes and ears remain open for potential deals.

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