Do you want me to try to play center too Terry Collins?
Upon signing with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes had agreed to spending time in center field. Fast-forward seven months later, and Cespedes will no longer be playing center. We have known for a while that Cespedes always has prefered left field over center, I mean the guy did win a Gold Glove in left field last season, but he was willing to try center – and he has. But now, Collins is saying that it’s too much for him, and that it’s “taxing his body pretty heavily.”
Because of this, the Mets did the logical thing, and worked out infielder Jose Reyes, who has never in his career played outfield before, in center field. (Yes, this comment is quite sarcastic).
It’s weird seeing Reyes back on the Mets. It’s even weirder seeing him play third rather than shortstop. It’ll be absurdly weird to see him in the outfield. Good to know that the Mets are keeping third as his primary focus – which they definitely should as they need him there – but it’s almost comical to me to picture Reyes in the outfield.
Reyes is not alone though in working out in center field – Michael Conforto has worked out in center as well. Conforto has never professionally played center field either, can’t remember the last time he played it in general, and yet the Mets are still toying with the idea of using him in center.
If only the Mets had a player on the team that won a Gold Glove for his performance in center. Oh wait, they do!
Now of course Lagares can’t exclusively play center, especially since this would essentially mean that Conforto couldn’t play – but he shouldn’t be forgotten about either. The Mets mindset in the fact that they want Conforto and Cespedes in against righties makes sense, I’m not knocking it, but the thought of Conforto or Reyes in center just doesn’t make sense.
Yes, there’s limited choices, but it’s not like Cespedes has refused to play center. His health is important, of course, and his bat is needed, but Conforto playing center? Seems silly. Reyes in the outfield? Seems sillier.