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Mets’ pros and cons of signing free agent infielder Brett Lawrie

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Jul 19, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie (15) points to the crowd after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 19, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie (15) points to the crowd after hitting a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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However, do the Mets really need Lawrie?

Jose Reyes is pretty much set to be the Opening Day third baseman. While he is still getting more reps at third base, he is much more versatile than Lawrie. In addition to the extensive energy Reyes brings to the clubhouse, he also has a variety of speed, pop, and the ability of simply getting on base.

Reyes is also the only legitimate leadoff hitter other than Juan Lagares, and arguably Curtis Granderson. Lagares can leadoff, though it is unclear how many games he will start. Granderson, however, suits better as a 4th or 5th spot hitter, as he has more power than speed, and strikes out way too much to be a leadoff man.

If Reyes does indeed get hurt, the Mets still have plenty of depth. Do they really need any more? For example, Wilmer Flores, who has the potential to hit 25 dingers if he is an everyday starter, is capable, and has in the past, played third. He would be able to assume Reyes’ duties if an injury occurs.

Next: Will the Mets stay healthy? First player on the DL?

All in all, there is nothing for the Mets to lose by taking a chance in Lawrie. However, it can prevent the Mets giving AB’s to the younger third basemen vying to backup Reyes and Wright when he returns.

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