Mets Season Preview: What could’ve been done differently this offseason?
Mar 20, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first basemanMark Reynolds
(12) slides past the tag of New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Cassandra Negley, Staff Writer:
I want a shortstop.
The entire Wilmer Flores vs. Ruben Tejada situation is a headache. Tejada lost his opportunity forever and a day ago and shouldn’t have another chance at it. Flores is the better option, with a strong push from Matt Reynolds, who hit .333 with a .385 on-base percentage in Triple-A Las Vegas last season.
But that’s all talking in the now. The shortstop position has been a punchline for the Mets that even management hasn’t shied away from making. The Mets should have at least looked more proactive in pursuing a guy to take the role over. I’m a Didi Gregorius fan and think his glove would been a great help to the Mets. His batting average isn’t special (.226/.290/.363 in 2014 with Arizona) and he’s gone through bad slumps. That’s hard to take with a poor offensive team such as the Mets, but defense is just as important with an emphasis on the shortstop position.
The cost — Noah Syndergaard — was absolutely too high, though there must have been a pitcher Arizona was willing to take and the Mets were OK with giving up. Or at the very least, figure out a new solution to the continuing shortstop problem.
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