Mets bat in the most danger of a demotion: Albert Almora
I like Albert Almora even if I have never once correctly typed his name on the first try. In my head, it’s always Alberto Almora. The flow of that is just so magnificent.
Despite my admiration—which was not immediate—I don’t think Almora has much job security. He has minor league options and when Jose Martinez returns from the IL, Almora better have a batting average over the Mendoza Line.
Once the Mets signed Kevin Pillar, Almora’s purpose became a whole lot less important. He was brought into Flushing as a defensive replacement for Brandon Nimmo late in games. Pillar can handle those duties. So, unless Almora is excelling well on both sides of the baseball, why keep him around when you can explore a few other options?
Almora is young in the baseball world so a demotion wouldn’t exactly be a major gut punch. Some extra at-bats in the minor leagues might actually help him develop into the player the Chicago Cubs once thought they had.
Unlikely to ever become a regular for the Mets outside of a major injury, I can see Almora working with this ball club as a fourth outfielder sometime in the future.
This year, he’s the fifth outfielder and a guy who will have to earn every plate appearance he gets.
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Which members of the 26-man roster do you think could get demoted?