Earlier this week, I talked about Lucas Duda as a possible replacement or stop gap move, should Carlos Beltran be unable to give it a go, when the bell rings for Opening Day on April 1st. Well, I will even take it a step further by saying that Duda could be a long term solution, if and when the Mets decide to unload Beltran and his remaining contract on another team. This is greatly assuming that the Mets take a nose dive in the standings, sometime this season. Duda has shown considerable power from the left side of the plate—both in spring, and last year as a mid-season call-up. Could this be a sign of the future in the Mets’ outfield? I certainly will not rule it out.
Now, that brings me to a couple of candidates for the second base job. While neither Justin Turner nor Brad Emaus have jumped out at anyone in spring, they certainly have to be considered for the future. They are both still very young—just as some current Mets were, not too long ago.
Nick Evans is a guy I have always liked, and is someone who can certainly hold his own with the bat. He always seems to find his way somewhere in the mix, at least over the last couple of seasons, even though he has not been able to stick with the big club for any extended length of time. Just maybe, this season will prove to be different. Time will tell.
Now, while I do not consider Dillon Gee a hot prospect, he certainly has as good a chance as anyone to make the back end of this rotation—if he can pitch well enough. I think the same would go for a guy like Pat Misch, especially if Oliver Perez is banished to the bullpen permanently.
There are certainly other names you can throw into the discussion, and I will leave that up to you guys. For right now, these were the prime suspects I was thinking of.
Now, by some miracle, if guys like Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada round into form, it would make things even better. Being that those two guys were just reassigned back to the minors, don't count on it happening anytime soon.
Feel free to pass along your thoughts—either here, or at my Extra Bases blog.
Until next time...