The Mets outfield will be a major area of concern moving into the off-season. Fans that are hoping for the Mets to make a big splash in the free-agency market this off-season, shouldn’t hold their breath. Odds are, the Mets will do their best to piece together an outfield from players that already exist in the organization. Here’s what the outfield picture will look like in 2013.
Yes, he will be back. The Mets cannot simply let a player walk, dish out $19M, and run the risk of him playing for another team on their dime. Can you imagine if he hooked on with a team within the division, and then the Mets are paying him to play against them? The emotional fan wants him cut and out of town as of yesterday. The smart move is letting him hang around until the end of the contract, since it is guaranteed, and hope he regains the form which led to him being signed for the amount of money the Mets paid him. Right now it’s a sunk cost, so it will only cost the Mets a roster spot to keep him. He will be given every opportunity to win a starting role in 2013; and surprise, surprise, he will be the starting left fielder in 2013.
Lucas Duda will win the job and be the starting right fielder when camp breaks in 2013. He has shown pop, and has the ability to be a formidable major league player. He’s a bit of a defensive liability, but he has the ability to make the routine plays. He will be named the starter, but will probably be splitting time with Scott Hairston.
Kirk showed a lot of promise when he was called up earlier this year. He plays with intensity, and will be a fan favorite for years to come. Look for him to be named the starting centerfielder this spring, and there will be no looking back for Kirk in 2013.
I’ve argued that Scott has played well enough in 2012 to be given an opportunity to be an everyday player in 2013. The Mets will inevitably do everything they can to re-sign him in 2013. He will be a free-agent this winter, and has expressed his interest in being a starter somewhere. However, when no other team offers him the amount of playing time he will receive from the Mets, he will ulitmately be back in blue and orange. Look for Hairston to split time with Duda in right, and spell the other outfielders throughout 2013.
Whether you agree with the players listed above, or not, this is most likely what the Mets outfield is going to look like in 2013. I hate to be the one to crush the dreams of the Mets bringing in big time free-agents, but it just isn’t going to happen. It’s not so bad. The Mets were winning games with these guys in the outfield before the All-Star break in 2012. Who’s to say they can’t do that in 2013? Only this time, keep on winning past the All-Star break.
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