New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel has stated early in Spring Training that he is contemplating moving Jose Reyes to the number three spot in the lineup — at least until Carlos Beltran returns from offseason knee surgery.
Reyes who has balked at such a move in the past seems more receptive to the idea this time around. Is this is a good move for the Mets? Yes.
With Beltran out of the lineup the Mets need to find another player to drive in runs and, unless Omar Minaya pulls off a last minute trade, they will need to look within for a solution. Reyes has proven he can drive in runs. He has 50 or more RBI in four straight seasons, including 81 in 2006. He was also on pace to do the same in 2009 before being lost for the season with a leg injury.
The Mets don’t need Reyes to suddenly become a 30-HR hitter, they just need for him to continue to drive the ball into the gap to drive in runs. With Angel Pagan or Luis Castillo, two contenders for the leadoff spot, Reyes should be able to fill the void in the middle of the Mets lineup.
Let’s face it, after three straight disappointing seasons, the Mets need to shake things up. If Reyes proves to be ineffective batting third they can move him back to the leadoff spot. Reyes, Beltran, Wright and Bay would give the Mets a potent middle of the order.