Players who exclusively play the corners
Please, don’t bring in another guy who plays a corner position. This team has enough first base, third base, left field, and right field options. These four spots aren’t hard to find either.
Last winter, the Mets loaded up on the corners while ignoring other spots. Rather than add a true center fielder, they spent money on Lowrie with a plan to use him at third base. And for as much as I like J.D. Davis, he’s another defensively limited player they try stashing at the corner spots.
It’s fine to have players like this on your roster. Too many put you in a bind. It’s one reason why we should expect them to trade Dominic Smith this winter.
In the outfield, everyone is best-suited in left field or right field. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are capable of playing center field yet far more productive with their gloves with a foul line nearby.
The trouble here is how few center fielders there are in free agency. The Mets would need to use a trade to land anyone of significance. What I don’t want to see is them land another corner outfielder than move Conforto or Nimmo to center field full-time. This team needs a contingency plan if a full year of either of them in center goes awry.
Often, the narrative of the Mets is how little they spend. In reality, it’s how poorly they spend. By signing injury-prone players, using salary on guys with one skill, or having too much talent at a few spots and having to overpay for the others to even things out, they back themselves into a corner.
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Three years without the playoffs is long enough. It’s time the Mets make the right decisions and stay away from the types of players that haven’t worked out before.