4 Mets third base options if they don’t have answers after the 2024 season

Where will the Mets go if Brett Baty and/or Mark Vientos aren't the answer at third base?

Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty against the Arizona
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets third baseman Brett Baty against the Arizona / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4) The Mets can see if another prospect can take the reins

Here’s a likely scenario to pair with another. Let’s say the Mets do sign a veteran like Urshela. What about pairing him with another prospect to see if they can handle the position? The Mets had already intended to use Ronny Mauricio at third base this coming season. They won’t get their chance. In 2025, maybe it does make sense.

Mauricio is far from the only player who could take on that position. The positional questions with Luisangel Acuna are real. Jeff McNeil is under contract and seems to be locked in at second base. If they’ve moved Brandon Nimmo to left field this year, why would they backtrack and then move him back to center field next year? Although not impossible to do this and make McNeil the left fielder, it would be wise for the Mets to at least experiment with Acuna at third base even if it’s only ever in the minors.

Figuring out exactly what each of the top position prospects will play is a challenge for every Mets fan to take on this year. If you’ve already written Juan Soto into the lineup for 2025 and beyond, there goes a corner outfield/DH spot. There’s also Drew Gilbert and Jett Williams to consider.

The Mets do have a prospect a little further down the pipeline named Jacob Reimer who plays third base. However, early struggles at third base probably mean he, too, will need to play somewhere else as he gets closer to major league ready.

In 2025, there’s no simple solution for the Mets at third base if Baty and/or Vientos don’t figure it out.

Prediction: The Mets test Ronny Mauricio out at third base and abandon the project when they see it doesn’t work. We get a temporary solution in 2025 with a mix of youngsters and a veteran thrown in for good measure.

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