The New York Mets have plenty of directions they can go at third base in 2020. Who will man the hot corner when the season opens?
As we progress through the offseason, the New York Mets have some roster decisions to make going into the 2020 season. Looking at the players we currently have on the roster there seems to be many third base possibilities.
While looking at the current crop of available free agents, there are some different ways we can go in regards to filling the third base position on the 2020 roster.
The Mets have options internally and externally to fill the hot corner. This winter, one of their goals must be to figure out who the man for the job is. Let’s weigh some of the options.
Option #1 – Sign Didi Gregorius to play shortstop then move Amed Rosario to third base
Since the Mets need to drastically improve their up the middle defense, I believe Sir Didi Gregorius would be a great addition to the team. Both offensively and defensively.
With Gregorius being the everyday shortstop, Amed Rosario could be converted into a third baseman. I hear that Rosario can also play the outfield and I think he has the tools & skill set to be a super-utility type of player.
Option #2 – Jeff McNeil
Since the Mets are currently stuck with the horrible Robinson Cano contract, another option would be to make Jeff McNeil the everyday third baseman. Personally I would like to see McNeil become the everyday second baseman since it’s his natural position and also think Cano’s best days are way behind him.
Option #3 – Re-sign Todd Frazier
Personally, I think Todd Frazier is a solid all-around player. He provides veteran leadership and is one of the better defensive third baseman in the league. He doesn’t usually hit for a high batting average, but his lifetime .770 OPS is solid and is a productive hitter in the bottom part of the lineup.
He is a free agent but I am sure he can be signed for a reasonable contract. He is also a versatile player who can play first base and left field if needed.
Option #4 – Jed Lowrie
I have always been a fan of Jed Lowrie and was upset that he had to miss most of the 2019 season due to injury. Coming off a career year in 2018, I thought he would be a solid addition to the team being the almost every day third baseman in 2019.
Unfortunately, it was a lost year for Jed and I’m sure he is looking forward to 2019 to prove his worth. He has always been a professional hitter and just like a fine wine, he has been getting better with age. He is also extremely versatile with the ability to play all four infield positions.
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Hopefully, the Mets start with option one and work their way down.