Alderson discusses outfield candidates, believes Valdespin can play everyday

Jordany Valdespin polaroidIn a report for Newsday, Sandy Alderson told Marc Carig that Jordany Valdespin can become an everyday outfielder if he carries his strong spring into the regular season.

“I think he can handle the outfield,” Alderson said. “It’s a question of how much he contributes with the bat.”

Alderson said they’ve identified five or six outfielders they feel can make the team, but do not intend to make any outside acquisitions to augment the outfield.

“We’re going to go with the guys we have,” Alderson said.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I bet Valdespin, Marlon Byrd, Collin Cowgill, Mike Baxter and Lucas Duda will make the team out of camp. I don’t think it’s clear how they will be used at all. There will be a lot of trial and error to determine each player’s maximum value to the roster. I also think nothing is set in stone with any of these guys — all of them will have to be effective in their roles in order to keep their jobs.

In regards to Valdespin, where he plays consistently when the season starts could depend on whether or not Daniel Murphy is ready. Terry Collins said earlier this week Murphy will have to start playing in games this weekend in order to be on-track for Opening Day, and it remains to be seen if that is going to happen. Valdespin could be used in a platoon along with Justin Turner at second until Murphy gets back, and can alternatively play the outfield on days they face a left-handed starter. That way, the Mets can continue to evaluate Valdespin’s bat against both lefties and righties, while playing him everyday.