NY Mets second base candidate: Eduardo Escobar
What if the Mets signed Eduardo Escobar to play second base? It’s not too big of a leap to make. The team could always add a third baseman and leapfrog Escobar over shortstop from third base and implant him at second.
Escobar has played far more third base and shortstop in his career than he has second base. It’s a spot where he actually has some of his better defensive numbers. Understandably so, second base isn’t as rigorous as the two infield spots on the left side of the field.
Escobar only moves over to start at second base if the Mets add a third baseman. The team hasn’t shown much faith in Davis, the club’s top trade candidate. Brett Baty probably will need some seasoning at Triple-A before they leap to that step, too. This leaves Mark Vientos as the final internal option. Even he could probably use a few plate appearances in Triple-A before getting a big league promotion.
One reason to like the Escobar signing is how flexible it allows the Mets to be. They may not get to see the full benefit of his versatility until later in the season when someone struggles or gets injured. An outside chance to become the everyday second baseman for the Mets at the moment, one big signing or trade could make him the obvious best candidate.