The New York Mets suddenly have a need for a utility infielder. We can consider Brett Baty the replacement for Eduardo Escobar and Deven Marrero as the guy taking Luis Guillorme’s spot on the roster.
With no truly great options behind them, the Mets might want to dip into free agency and add one of the recently released veteran infielders now available. We’ll start with Elvis Andrus because A.J. Story is dying to know the answer.
1) NY Mets roster could use Elvis Andrus on it
Elvis Andrus was just released by the Oakland Athletics and one of the top names the Mets should be looking to add right away. Although he has never played anywhere but shortstop and that’s not the position the Mets need a replacement at necessarily, we can certainly expect him to be able to play some second base or third base if needed.
Andrus left the Athletics with a .237/.301/.373 slash line on the year with 8 home runs and 7 stolen bases. It’s actually not bad for a backup infielder. The question would be whether or not Andrus can perform the same way in a limited role.
While in Oakland, Andrus was playing regularly. He wouldn’t get to do so in New York. However, among all of the candidates out there, he might be the most productive bat at this point in his career.
As a 33-year-old right-handed hitter, it wouldn’t be so awful to have his bat on the bench for the occasional spot start on the infield and option to hit against a lefty when Darin Ruf isn’t available.