Orioles' Corey Patterson May Be a Good Backup for Mets Outfield

Keith BennettCorrespondent IJune 7, 2010

BALTIMORE - MAY 13:  Corey Patterson #6 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates with Adam Jones #10 after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards on May 13, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles won the game 6-5.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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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.

Patterson has played with a few teams: the Cubs, Reds and Orioles. He is only 31 years old.

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.