In advance of looking to the free agent and trade market for help at shortstop and left field, the Mets first need to asses what they have in house, Sandy Alderson said in Binghamton on Thursday (Worthy, Sept. 4).
“If you look at shortstop, Wilmer Flores has actually done a very nice job for us at shortstop,” he said. “Matt Reynolds has played well at short, both in Double-A and at Triple-A. Matt den Dekker had an excellent season at Triple-A. So we’ve got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market. Free-agents aren’t always the solution.”
Reynolds, 23, hit .355 with a .430 OBP in 58 games with Binghamton. He is now hitting .333 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 68 games for Las Vegas.
According to columnist Andy Martino, at least one scout who has watched Reynolds says he’s already a better fielder and hitter than Ruben Tejada (Daily News, Aug. 12).
Matthew Cerrone: He is built for third base, plays some shortstop and fills in at second. Obviously, if he can continue to improve his fielding, the organization would love for him to succeed in the middle infield.
The Mets were high on him when they took him in the draft. He was talked about as an outstanding contact hitter, less power, but slapping balls to all fields, similar to Daniel Murphy. He struggled early, but spent time this past off-season working to improve his pitch selection. It’s looking like he’s combining the two traits this season. His surface number are impressive, but I’m still concerned how his walk-to-strikeout rate will play against big-league pitching and fielding.
By the way, it’s worth noting that Reynolds and C prospect Kevin Plawecki were the players selected with compensation picks from the Marlins when Jose Reyes left for Miami as a free agent.