NY Mets should look at signing Dee Strange-Gordon for a temporary job
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have been hit by injuries badly this year. In the last week alone, the club has lost their starting first baseman, second baseman, and right fielder. Previous to this, they were down their starting center fielder and third baseman.
The club has managed to stay afloat thanks to some clutch pitching and timely hitting from the bench mob. Sure this won’t last forever, the club has to consider every option possible. This includes taking a look at newly-minted free agent Dee Strange-Gordon.
Dee Strange-Gordon may be an improvement for the struggling Mets offense
An infielder and outfielder, at this point of his career, Strange-Gordon is the kind of utility player you might find as the last man on a club’s bench. Well past the prime years of his career, the second-generation ballplayer is coming off of three less productive years with the Seattle Mariners where he hit .266/.393/.343. In 2020, he batted just .200 in his 82 trips to the plate.
This season, Strange-Gordon saw himself receive 45 plate appearance with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A team. He hit .333 which is far better than the abysmal numbers Cameron Maybin was putting up at the same level for the Chicago Cubs before the Mets added him last week.
Unable to crack the Brewers roster after suffering the same fate with the Cincinnati Reds in the spring, Strange-Gordon is now a baseball nomad once again.
The Mets, desperate for help of any kind, should look into seeing how interested Strange-Gordon is in getting back to the big leagues and having a chance to play even just a handful of games for the team.
Strange-Gordon would be an obvious candidate to play some second base while also having the ability to play third base or left field if needed. I won’t think about shortstop because of Francisco Lindor’s presence. But, if the Amazins needed him to, he can play there, too.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is the same player we saw pester us when he was a member of the Miami Marlins. Now 33, he’s slowing down and clearly trending in the wrong direction at the plate. He’s not a savior. It is tough, however, to argue in favor of some other members of the current roster over him.
The trouble with attracting Strange-Gordon could be how unlikely it is for him to stick around once the bodies start to heal up. A job with the Mets is only temporary. The bench may not have room for him either, unless of course he looks like the 200+ hits per season player he was in 2015 and 2017.
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The 2015 National League batting champion is worth a look. From what we have seen of this front office thus far, I would be they have already crunched some numbers and started the conversation about whether he is indeed the right fit.