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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 05: J.D. Davis #28 of the New York Mets reacts as he rounds first base after his seventh inning home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on August 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

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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