The 2017 season has gotten off to quite a tumultuous start. The team started 7-3, and then they proceeded to go 1-8. They currently sit in fourth place in the division after being swept by the Washington this weekend. There has been a myriad of problems including overuse of the bullpen a lack of consistent hitting and many injuries. One glaring problem has been a lack of production from the third base position and the leadoff spot.
Of these problems, the easiest one to fix would be the last one. Jose Reyes has been atrocious so far, this season hitting a miserable .103 with no home runs or RBI. He also made an error on a popup that helped send the Mets on their current skid.
There have been reports that his roster spot is safe for now. Some may not agree with this, though I believe he is fine to keep on the roster in a reserve role. The time has come early in the season for the Mets to be aggressive before it is too late. Though it is only April the team already trails the Nats by 5.5 games. While this lead is not insurmountable, it may be very difficult to overcome If the Mets do not make a change.
The simplest answer for the team’s problems could lie in calling up top prospect Amed Rosario. Rosario is currently playing for the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s hitting .403 with 6 RBI and 5 stolen bases while only being caught once. While this is his first season at this level, and he is one of the youngest players there, he has shown his prowess. The Mets need to make the move now.
Critics of this possible move will note that Rosario is very young and inexperienced and that bringing him up too soon could be detrimental to his development, but the team is running out of options. They could look outside the organization or they could cross their fingers and hope David Wright comes back and stays healthy, but neither of these options seems likely. Perhaps later in the season the trade market will open up, but only if the Mets are close to a playoff position.
Bringing up Rosario would take care of the leadoff spot, and the Mets could slide Asdrubal Cabrera over to third base and allow the younger player to take over at short stop. Cabrera is a good enough defender with a strong enough arm to make the transition to third. If not he could be moved to second and have Neil Walker man third base.
A few years ago, when the Mets team offense was stagnant the team made two moves that turned their whole season around and culminated in a world series appearance. They traded for Yoenis Cespedes and they called up top prospect Michael Conforto from Double A. While another trade for a player of Cespedes’ caliber is unlikely. Rosario could be this year’s version of Conforto. His speed would also be a welcome addition to a very slow Mets team.
Even though he is young, he is currently the team’s best option for improvement to a lineup. The Mets must make an impact move before they let the division slip away for good.