Option 3: Starting third baseman
Of the three potential roles for J.D. Davis in 2020, this is my preferential one and the option that I feel is most likely to pan out.
With Todd Frazier unlikely to return to the team next season, the Mets will need to find a new starting third baseman, and currently, they have three options in-house: Jeff McNeil, Jed Lowrie, and J.D. Davis.
While I feel that McNeil is the better player, of those three I would prefer having Davis take over duty as the starting third baseman, and have McNeil play in Right Field instead, as he would be the more proficient of the two defensively at the position.
As stated, Davis has been one of the best hitters on the team and his bat NEEDS to be in the lineup in 2020.
While he is capable of playing in the outfield, the Mets sacrifice their defense when they do, whereas Davis has been an infielder the majority of his career and is more comfortable at third base.
Seeing as he has missed the majority of the 2019 season, if still a member of the team and healthy, Jed Lowrie should be moved to the bench, used as a utility player and switch-hitting pinch hitter, despite his much higher salary.
I feel the Mets would be best off starting Davis at third base, keeping his hot bat in the lineup every day going forward, moving McNeil to right field and as a result, Brandon Nimmo to the bench to serve as fourth outfielder, and Lowrie to the bench as a backup outfielder.
Having Davis at third and McNeil in the outfield makes the most sense defensively, and keeping both of them towards the top of the lineup would make the Mets a much more dangerous team, and a hopeful contender in 2020.
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Which of these roles for J.D. Davis do you prefer?