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ICYMI: Everything you need to know about the Mets SS situation

1) Last week, a source said the Mets were not optimistic that 22-year-old infielder Wilmer Flores could become an everyday shortstop in the big leagues (NY Post, Apr. 30).

Nevertheless, Flores is expected to be the starting shortstop for the Mets on Friday, after being recalled from Triple-A later today…




2) This past off-season, MLB.com ranked Flores the organization’s second-best position player prospect behind Travis d’Arnaud.

“His overall approach at the plate improved, and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently,” the report said (MLB.com, Nov. 2013). “He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue.”



3) In spring training, Mets manager Terry Collins said Flores has the potential to hit like Edgardo Alfonzo, so long as he can settle in to a position on the infield.



4) Flores leaves behind seven errors and a .941 fielding percentage in 24 games at shortstop with Triple-A Vegas. He is widely considered to be inferior in the field to Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla. That said, it has been 23 innings since the Mets last scored a run and Tejada and Quintanilla have combined to hit .190 in their last 100 or so at bats. Flores is hitting .295 with a .353 OBP in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

“All the reports we’re getting from there is he’s making all the routine plays,” assistant GM John Ricco recently said (Newsday, May 8). “He’s not going to be a plus defender by any stretch, but he’s held his own defensively.”



5) Free-agent SS Stephen Drew has let it be known he does not intend to sign a new contract until after the MLB Draft in June, when he will no longer require his new team to part with draft pick compensation.



6) According to multiple reports, while the Mets had talked with the D-Backs and Mariners about possibly trading for a shortstop, Arizona and Seattle have repeatedly asked for a combination of Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Kevin Plawecki, who the Mets are not yet interested in trading.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In the end, I get the feeling Flores will get most starts, while Tejada may come in late in games – with a lead – to be a more stable, experienced infielder. At the very least, the Mets will get a better hitter, move Tejada to the bench, and get a better feel for what this dynamic can be. This way, when it comes time to again talk with Drew, and re-open talks with Arizona, Seattle and others, Sandy Alderson can have a better sense of what he’s working with and know how dire his shortstop situation actually is.




309 comments
Eddie McAniff
Eddie McAniff

 Last week, a source said the Mets were not optimistic that 22-year-old infielder Wilmer Flores could become an everyday shortstop in the big leagues 


Nevertheless, Flores is expected to be the starting shortstop for the Mets on Friday, after being recalled from Triple-A later today…


This is it in a nutshell last week no....this week sure why not....


they are lost from top to bottom.....

davidd_nyc
davidd_nyc

Here's an idea. Why not try Eric Young Jr. at short since he is a natural infielder (2nd baseman)? It would also be good to get him into the lineup. Just a thought.



Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

with all due respect Helloboy i rather move Murphy to 3rd in lineup and Wright Cleanup;  I rather put Ey leading off and Lagares 5th  the rest i can agree with you .

helloboy
helloboy

Now, we get Flores.  Of course, since he is playing because of his bat, do not dare bat him 8th and waste his strong point.  He needs to be no lower than 7.  You can't use a guy for his offensive ability and bat him 8th, where he will get nothing to hit.


Lagares

Granderson

Wright

Murphy

C Young

Duda

Flores

TDA

Pitcher


I thought the offense worked better with Murphy 4 and Granderson 2.  It may not be ideal, but they were winning in that alignment. 

Martin London
Martin London

Everything you need to know is Mets are cheap pricks

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

The Mets let everyone & their mothers know how great they feel Syndergaard & Montero can be, and Sandy Alderson also let all of baseball know that going into last offseason, SS was a position of need. Teams know the Mets have a huge hole that needs to be filled & they are also hearing that the Mets don't think Flores can permanently fill that spot. It's simple logic. Teams with a SS to trade are going to demand the Mets send either Syndergaard or Montero. If the Mets feel the SS situation becomes dire enough, they may just relent & move one of them. It comes down to whether the Mets feel there is more value in having a capable SS for 160 games per year or having 2 more #1/2 starters in their rotation that will play in 32-35 games per year. I have seen what the Mariners & D-Backs have & I wouldn't trade either starting pitcher for any of their SS options. There are two SS prospects that I would seriously consider moving Syndergaard for & they are Jurikson Profar of the Rangers or Javier Baez of the Cubs. Montero wouldn't be sufficient to land either one, it would have to include Syndergaard & another piece, but I would prefer Baez. If Alderson is realizing that he cannot land a SS without parting with one of the two, he might as well go for broke & call up the Cubs. It is a consensus amongst talent evaluators that Baez is going to be a power hitting, slick fielding superstar. I am comfortable with moving one of our top pitching prospects so long as we get a top player in return. A Baez for Syndergaard trade is one that is fair for both sides. The Mets are deep with pitching prospects, while the Cubs still have Starlin Castro blocking Baez. It can't hurt to check into it.

Michael Portanova
Michael Portanova

"No not Flores! I'd rather have Tejada or Quintanilla or pay 20 million to a guy who hit .250 last year!"- Said no one ever...God what is with you people. 

Oh and the mets will never win until the wilpons sell the team. #SeinfeldForOwner

Jason Krull
Jason Krull

Jets drafted a SS!.....Strong Safety

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

This is not about shortstop. This is about the trade deadline coming, and finding out who's trade bait. He must have a good feeling about Flores hitting. I like it.

mi
mi

everything you need to know about the shortstop situaton....we dont have one lol

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

I was all for Tejada getting his shot when the season began. He's had his shot, time to move on. Sure, give Flores a look but his glove will be a glaring problem. Do they sign Drew in June? Or do they wait for next year's free agent shortstops? Or do they do neither because they're the Mets?

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

maybe the guy leading the team in OBP should hit higher in the lineup?  might that logic lead to more runs?


lets go with this lineup already:


Lagares

Murphy

Wright

Duda

Young

Granderson

Recker

Flores


yes, recker should be starting.  and duda should be hitting higher in lineup with a .360 OBP.  its not rocket science.










Javier Rosario II
Javier Rosario II

We wouldn't have this problem if we had just resigned Reyes! 

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I'm excited to watch Flores play. Now we need some bullpen help.

heynow20
heynow20

Sammy Watkins! Go Buffalo!

tinka
tinka

i hope flores makes it

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Maybe, just maybe, one day, we'll see action photos of Mets players without empty seats in the background.  

joho
joho

I would rather see Duda play SS than Tejada.

Bob Higgins
Bob Higgins

@davidd_nyc He is not very good in the infield  week glove and he don't hit well enough to lead off but who does on this team  nobody. The infield is a joke .

lholztrio
lholztrio

@helloboy  The reality is that Granderson should be hitting 7th or 8th.  If 7th TdA should hit 8th.  That is a problem for Sandy's ego however so Collins would never get away with that.

Robert Lederer
Robert Lederer

@Kevin Joseph Patrick  Double-check what you think about Baez. First, he's not close to a slick fielder SS--I believe averaging 30 errors/season and second, on the offensive side he struggling MIGHTILY in AAA

Irving A. Gonzalez Ramirez
Irving A. Gonzalez Ramirez

Javier Baez looks like the real deal. Plays defense like a gold glover and hits for power. He'll probably hit 500 hr by the time his career is done. I would trade Sydergaard and Montero for him without skipping a heartbeat

helloboy
helloboy

@Michelle Sparno  He is not coming back, plus he is getting older.  Players over 30 that live off their speed are a losing proposition.  It is better to move on from him already. 

Peter Steinberg
Peter Steinberg

Who are you suggesting they're going after in trade?

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

@John Kranzley you know why you do not put Duda lower because he follds like a cheap seat in pressured positions in the lineup he has a mental block in RBI positions . If he does not hit a solo hr he hardly ever drives in runs if its not on a solo shot.

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

@John Kranzley can somebody please explain to me why Wright must bat 3rd if he also the best of the rest to bat cleanup . we do not have a legit cleanup guy sure he is suppose to be our best hitter but maybe he needs a 4th spot and put Murphy 3rd and Juan 5th and Grandy either 2nd or 6st

paqza
paqza

@John Kranzley  I like the lineup but think TdA should start due to his better approach at the plate and higher upside. He's got just as much power as Recker but he walks more and strikes out less. It'll take a few weeks for the numbers to catch up but he's solid.

paqza
paqza

 We sort of would. The difference is we'd just be waiting for him to come off the DL. He's been unhealthy since he left and that's not going to change moving forward.

heynow20
heynow20

Except we would still have a shaky bullpen and the "gigantic" upgrade of EY Jr (cough, cough) instead of Grandy in the outfield.  And when Reyes who already started the season on the DL again pulled a hammy in June, we'd be right back to Tejada at SS. Great strategy!

Thomas Arvanites
Thomas Arvanites

@tinka He should. I believe the pilot is one of the most experienced and the conditions are perfect.

jonlga
jonlga

Only if the photo is taken during a road game.

whyus
whyus

@Irving A. Gonzalez Ramirez  The Cubs would be smart to keep Baez, put him at 2nd, promote Kris Bryant, put him at third. Promote Almora, Soler etc. Keep Rizzo at first, DFA Barney. And see what value Mike Olt, Schirhotlz, Hammel, Veras, Valbuena, or an Alcantara  have at the deadline for pitching. I don't see a trade for Baez in the books here for us and I would obviously prefer a more proven commodity. Also, he's no gold glover, he, like Flores, struggles with range at the SS position. Good hands, great arm, no gold glover though. That hitch in his swing too gives me flashbacks of Ike…


Cubs will be sick though in a couple years if things pan out.

1. LF Almora

2. 1B Rizzo

3. SS Castro

4. 3B Bryant

5. 2B Baez

6. RF Soler

7. C W. Castillo

8. CF Lake


woah.




dickeydeep
dickeydeep

@mets2death  He finished the full season batting 289 in 2012 and was a very solid defender.  He's stunk since then and we need a better option, but really, the short memory thing is getting out of hand.

Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

Don't downplay it. There is serious talk that if the Jays are out of the race come July, they will hold a fire sale of their high priced talent at the trade deadline. It can't hurt for the Mets to give Flores a serious look from now until the deadline, and then check in on Reyes' availability. Due to his injury history the past couple years & big contract, he may not be too expensive in terms of prospects. So long as the Wampons can swallow the price tag, he may just be a fit back here. That can be a wrong that Alderson could right because he should have never left here in the first place. Since he has left, it has shown everyone just how important he was to this team. Not only do we have a hole in the field, we are without a capable, consistent leadoff hitter. Reyes was electric & set everything in motion on this team. The notion of him coming home should not just be dismissed.

heynow20
heynow20

speaking of suck jobs...rams!