June 14, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) hits a 2 run home run in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Predicting The New York Mets Outfield For 2013

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.

Sep 10, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets left fielder Jason Bay (44) grounds out to the catcher during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Jason Bay

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.

July 18, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; New York Mets right fielder Lucas Duda (21) doubles in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Nationals defeated the Mets 4 – 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Lucas Duda

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 Nieuwenhuis

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.

Aug 25, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets left fielder Scott Hairston (12) fields a ball during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Citi Field. Mets won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Scott Hairston

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.

Do you have any different outfield scenarios? Put them in the comment thread below.



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  • Dean Barbella

    Jason Bay Sucks! Cut him and give Left Field to Scott Hairston, already!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hector-Cortes/100000351183370 Hector Cortes

    Ugh seriously no i’m sorry but we need to get a legit OF bat already enough of putting guys out there and hoping for the best its time to start getting legit talent on this roster already…

  • teacher_md

    This would be a terrible outfield. Mets need to add 1 to 2 quality offensive players to this team, most likely in the outfield. Maybe one free agent signing (not a star, but a useful outfielder) and also a trade (perhaps someone a little better). This second half has been beyond painful and changes need to be made.

  • Metzy1986

    I think they should make some type of moves to bring in other outfielders. I think Bay should be cut or traded out of the division. He is just not cutting it here so why keep him. I think you could make the addition of tory hunter or possibly grady sizemore in right field. Hunter had a good season last year and can provide some offense. Money could be the problem especially with Jeff Coupon. Sizemore would not be bad but would be a risk considering he is injury proned and the mets staff are not close to being magical healers. Sizemore could play right field for the mets and possibly center although with his condition and the size of citi field can be alot for him. Money also would not be a problem and if healthy has shown that he can be an above average outfielder. I think Captain Kirk will find his way back on the club. Possibly Den Dekker as well, depending on how he does spring training and in triple A. I just think there are a couple of moves to be made instead bringing in the same outfield that was awful last year.