Injuries to Ike Davis and Lucas Duda prevented what was supposed to be a competition during spring training, and may have forced the club’s hand as far as carrying both of them at the start of the season. However, that shouldn’t prevent the Mets from being smart when it comes to how the rest of the roster shakes out.
Mar 17, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstopAnthony Seratelli
(2) at bat against the Miami Marlins during a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
With Opening Day on Monday at Citi Field, the Mets are expected to have a bench that contains Duda or Davis, C Anthony Recker, IF Josh Satin, and whoever doesn’t start between OF’s Eric Young, Jr. and Juan Lagares. The Mets can also carry an extra player – likely OF Andrew Brown – until Jonathon Niese’s expected activation from the disabled list on April 6. That leaves one spot open.
With both Davis and Duda on the bench, one spot will always be taken up be someone who has no versatility whatsoever.
Davis is a first baseman and nothing more, and Duda – although he has been exposed to the outfield plenty – should never play anywhere but first base.
The Mets are reportedly not pleased with how Seratelli performed during the spring. He’s hitting just .213 and has made four errors. While that’s not something that will make his presence known in a good way, Quintanilla has performed even worse at the plate, hitting just .158.
In Quintanilla, the Mets would have a below replacement level player who can only play the middle infield positions.
If they carried Seratelli, they very well may have another below replacement level player, but he would provide some flexibility for a bench that will be in desperate need of it.
During his minor league career, Seratelli has played all four infield positions, right field, and left field with some regularity.
This is a case of two less than perfect choices, but the Mets should make the choice that puts them in the best position on a daily basis. If they do, it will be Seratelli who gets the nod over Quintanilla.