The Mets need a backup centerfielder and Corey Patterson could fill those shoes pretty well.
He's a good defensive outfielder with great speed and a good leadoff hitter when Manuel want to rest Reyes at the leadoff spot. If Pagan gets hurt, who will play in centerfield? Francoeur, Bay, and Chris Carter? No way.
The Mets need a legitimate centerfielder who knows this position. If the Mets start playing guys out of position, it could cost them games.
Beltran will not be ready to play until after the All-Star break and the Mets will not rush him because it would be too risky for the season.
Outfielder Jesus Feliciano who is batting .385 at Triple-A Buffalo, is exected to be called up before tomorrow's game against San Diego. Feliciano is a very unproven outfielder. He mainly plays in the minor leagues.
The right trade with the O's Patterson will be bonus for the Mets.