Mets: Five ways Andres Gimenez can fit into the team’s future plans
By Tim Boyle
This seems like the path Gimenez was meant to go on yet the one with the most number of bumps along the way. That’s because Amed Rosario is the team’s current starting shortstop. He’s also a young player still trying to develop his game further.
We can debate how good Rosario is until we’re blue and orange in the face. While many will agree his defense is lacking, his bat has had its moments. Rosario is in an important stage of his career where we should hopefully know a little more about him by the end of this season barring some kind of stoppage of major injury.
Gimenez won’t start at shortstop unless Rosario is out. This could mean Rosario has been traded or he has moved to a different position. Both are possible.
Moving Rosario to a different position isn’t so farfetched. We have already heard past rumors about him shagging fly balls in an effort to possibly turn him into the club’s future center fielder. I also wouldn’t be shocked if he ends up sliding over to second base.
You know that plan I mentioned earlier about moving Cano to DH and putting Gimenez in his place at second base? The better defensive infield might have Rosario slide over one spot and have Gimenez take over as the shortstop.
At some point, the Mets may have one more big decision to make in relation to this one about Rosario and Gimenez. Their top prospect, Ronny Mauricio, is also a natural shortstop. Although he’s probably a little further away from making the big leagues, he could end up in Flushing sooner than later.