Who will the Mets replace Wright with at third base?

Entering the 2017 season many in the Mets organization were hopeful Jose Reyes would have continued success and growth from last season.  This season Reyes has one hit in six-plus games.  It is not just his lack of production, but the way he is making outs which is disconcerting.  He has been having difficulty making contact, and when he has made contact is has been in the air.  This is not the recipe for success for a speedy leadoff hitter.

Reyes’s lack of production and possible regression must make the organization look for other options at the leadoff position as well as third base.  Though David Wright was cleared to begin throw today, the odds of him contributing to the team currently or in the future are slim to none.  With the possibility of Wright never contributing again the team may look to June’s draft to find his replacement for the future.

While the draft may be one option, another could be free agency, where Manny Machado will be one of the prizes of the 2018 offseason.  Though the odds of the Mets signing him will probably be slim as he will most likely command a contract approaching 200 million dollars.  Yet another option could be the trade market which will assuredly heat up the closer we get to the deadline.  One strong option there would be White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier a New Jersey native and a strong power bat, though the package to acquire him might be too rich for the Mets blood.

As far as finding a replacement leadoff hitter the team may find a few options from within.  One strong possibility for next season could be star shortstop prospect Amed Rosario.  He has the speed and the contact rate to make an ideal leadoff hitter. Another strong possibility could be outfielder Brandon Nimmo.  He too has good speed and is a good enough hitter to bat first.  Of course, the Mets would have to find a place to play him defensively.

While both options are strong possibilities for next season and beyond the team may need to get creative in the trade market to seek out some team speed for the present.  The closer we get to the deadline the more the market will reveal itself.  Luckily for the team, Sandy Alderson has already stated that the Mets are “all in” this year and will have the financial resources to add at the deadline if necessary.

Until the Mets can address this concern externally they can always slot Curtis Granderson back at the top of the order.  While he seems to be more comfortable hitting down in the order, he has been more than serviceable as the team’s leadoff hitter over the past few seasons.

At third base the team has T.J. Rivera as fill in option should Reyes continue to falter.  In limited action last season, he proved he can hit at the big-league level, hitting .333 with 3 Home Runs and 16 RBI in 105 at bats.  While a small sample size he looked like a confident clutch hitter.

5 comments for “Who will the Mets replace Wright with at third base?

  1. Jimmy P
    April 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Mets have option on Cabrera in 2018. I like him sliding over to 3B this season and holding down the position next year. With Rosario in place, improves overall team defense.

    Could spend at CF or 1B or C in 2018. The player evaluations are incomplete as this point to make that determination.

    • April 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      So far I’m just as high on Cabrera as I was last season. I could see him stick around at 3B and backup SS/2B.

  2. Eraff
    April 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Cabrera at 8 million could make a fantastic place-holder.

    I am interested to see whether Cheech can make an impact on this team– he’s a First Round Pick who has done pretty much everything except become Addison Russell!–and don’t forget, Russell was drafted before Cheech.

    The Kid “led” a AAA league in hitting as a 22 year old…and he draws nothing but sniffs and mnehs.

  3. Chris F
    April 11, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I think I caught what looks like a typo in your Machado estimate, by about 100M$. I expect he will get quite close to 300 million.

    Frazier wont get much back as he will be a 2 month rental. The White Sox would be dumb to let him finish the season there, and every day he isnt traded, the lower his return gets.

    The future of 3B is tenuous indeed. I also support moving Cabrera over, and letting Rosario play SS. Flores can get ABs platooning 2B and 1B.

  4. Metsense
    April 12, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Jose is the replacement for now but he needs to be offensively average. In a month or two, if he still isn’t hitting, then a replacement will be necessary. TC made the right move batting him lower in the order last night. Duda is once again hitting LHP so Flores should occasionally get some at bats at third base vs LHP playing Duda instead of Reyes. As the season progresses and if Rosario continues to impress, then he should move up, get many starts at shortstop (like Conforto did in 2015) and move Cabrera to third base. Reyes should not impede Rosario’s development as Jose is not the future. The $8 M option coupled with Cabrera’s team leadership makes him the obvious 2018 third baseman. If Cabrera’s 2016 119 wRC+ were transposed to the third base stats then he would have ranked 11th among MLB.

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