The Mets have hopefully seen the last of Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda in the outfield of Citi Field. The Mets have hopefully seen the last of the defensively challenged outfields that cost them more runs than their bats generate. The Mets currently have one of the best defensive outfields in recent memory.
Eric Young Jr., Matt Den Dekker and Juan Lagares combine range and athleticism in such a way that Met fans can take a measure of pride in their defensive prowess. Is this a sign of things to come or is this just the defensive calm before the storm?
Josh Satin said that he’d like to try his hand at the outfield. While I love Satin’s “go-gettum” attitude, you have to understand that Satin and his majestic eyebrows have no part in a major league outfield. To be fair, Satin is trying to maximize his value to the team. He can currently fill in at 3B, 2B and 1B and adding the ability to play left field would likely see the OBP oriented righty’s playing time soar. The Mets just need to think to themselves if there is really any value in having a questionable defender out there.
To add to the discussion there are those who continue to put forward Wilmer Flores’ name as a possible outfielder. PLEASE STOP. Flores has a fine bat and will be capable of holding his own at 3B and 2B. He can even give 1B a try in the offseason, but you can’t keep making players who are physically unsuited for the outfield play there. You certainly can’t do that and expect success.
You have witnessed the benefits of having defensive gems in your outfield and you’ve experienced the Duda experiment. Which do you prefer?