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New York Mets: Three possible roles for J.D. Davis in 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 21: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates his walk off single in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on August 21, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in 10 innings.This is Davis' first career walk off. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 21: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets celebrates his walk off single in the 10th inning against the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field on August 21, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in 10 innings.This is Davis' first career walk off. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 11: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Option 1: Continue his role as a utility player

While Davis has been one of the most consistent hitters for the Mets this season, he may find himself displaced from a position come 2020.

Although Todd Frazier and Dominic Smith are unlikely to return as members of the team in 2020, many other returning, currently injured players could take up his spots in the lineup.

As previously stated, he has mainly played in Left Field for the Mets in 2019, however, Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Nimmo are each expected to be healthy in 2020, and very well could force him out as a starting outfielder.

Davis would also have a similar issue returning to the Mets infield, as with the return of Cespedes and Nimmo, Jeff McNeil may be moved back to third base, and Robinson Cano and Jed Lowrie could also limit Davis’s chances to start in the infield as well, as they are older and have larger contracts.

If that is the case, Davis could be the odd man out and used as a right-handed pinch hitter and for depth at several positions, capable of playing in left field, as well as third base, first base and maybe second base if need be.

It is unlikely that Cespedes will be able to play every day upon his return, so he could be an option for a spot starter on his rest days as well, or if another player gets injured at some point in 2020.

Personally, I am not a fan of this option, as I prefer going with the hot hand and Davis has out hit most of the players I mentioned this past season, but based off of the other player’s salaries and seniority, a return to the bench is a possibility.

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