Who is the backup SS? Eric Campbell

4:08 pm: Eric Campbell is the team’s back-up shortstop, Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field on Thursday.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

12:13 pm: The Mets sent infielder Wilmer Flores to Triple-A Las Vegas late Wednesday, while activating OF Juan Lagares from the disabled list.

This means Ruben Tejada will be the only true shortstop on the roster, three months after being talked about by management as someone unfit to handle the starting role. At the same time, the Mets now have six outfielders, only one of which is treated by Terry Collins as a proven, bonafide everyday player.


 

It seems Eric Campbell would be the back-up shortstop at this point, since he’s at least stood at that position a few times in his career. Also, David Wright loves to talk about how he plays shortstop well when playing the shift, plus he almost always takes grounders at shortstop (just in case) before every game.

If Collins really wants to be creative he can give Jacob deGrom a spot start, considering he’s hitting .333 as pitcher who played shortstop in college.

In all seriousness, this shines an embarrassing light on how shallow the pool is for offense in the upper levels of the minor leagues; it also exposes a lack of off-season planning or execution or both by Sandy Alderson with regards to shortstop.

Meanwhile, the Mets will now have six outfielders, assuming you count Campbell.

Granderson will play every day, as he should. I hope, but doubt Juan Lagares will play every day, which means Collins will likely go back to rotating Eric Young Jr., Chris Young and Lagares around two of the three outfield positions. I hate to say it, but this is what gives me worry about Daniel Murphy, who, in theory, could be traded for a pitcher, while Eric Young Jr. moves to second and hits leadoff.

This would be a mistake in my opinion; but it the front office reportedly talked about in the off season, so I assume it will be talked about again.




349 comments
triviaace
triviaace

This team is run by idiots from top to bottom.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I'd love to see Flores playing SS every day at the MLB level, Matt Reynolds moved back to SS at Vegas, and Tejada starting for another team somewhere (or riding the pine). Let's see what we've got for next season and hope one of Reynolds or Flores can play SS for the Mets next season. 

Jonathan DeMaio
Jonathan DeMaio

Ohh Terry! The future of the Mets is not yours destroy! Every young player must despise this guy. He's actively trying to mess with their heads and confidence. He knows this is his last season in baseball and wants to go out on his terms, which is at the detriment of the future of our team and against the philosophy of everything we have been told by Sandy

robby
robby

Only one proven bonafide outfielder.  Which mean Lagares will sit

fanfl
fanfl

Have fans forgotten that Sandy let Justin Turner go? Is this another failure to evaluate talent and needs?

Josh PlaysBass Agudo
Josh PlaysBass Agudo

Lagares can play shortstop!!! Why not give him a chance? I think he would be amazing!!! That's his original position so why not? What do you guys think??

Elz Roche
Elz Roche

Ugh they bring up Flores, then they dont play him.... never found out if he could play the position or even if he can play in the majors full time, so now we will go into the offseason with the same question mark at SS..... Tejada is not the answer, he played well when Flores was here partially because he wasn't paying every day... he would be a good utility infielder IMO. It just gets me mad they brought him up and didnt get a chance to play is all even though he was hitting the ball hard! Don't let me get started on the 6 outfielders situation... thats just ridiculous... its also ridiculous they wont play Lagares every day! It also upsets me that they send these guys down to AAA, they get on a hot streak, they call them up, and they cool off on the bench cause they wont play them... Tomfoolery!!!

Eric Slater
Eric Slater

This organization is wacky when it comes to roster management.  What am I missing here?

gloveman
gloveman

trading Murphy for pitching? Because we score so many runs I suppose we need pitching more than we do our best hitter


borsh13
borsh13

If tejada got hurt and TC actually put degrom at short for a game I would love to see this blogs reaction

mike23
mike23

Great team management, Campbell the back up short stop... how about they just give Flores the job and use Tejada as the backup at SS/2b. 

borsh13
borsh13

Maybe if we just act like it's not happening it will go away

borsh13
borsh13

I think we may need to have a sacrifice to appease the metsblog god deleting everything otherwise this will prob happen during the game

Charles Gustafson
Charles Gustafson

@pochemu Now we know why Alderson is still there. No one with any sense wants to work with the Wilpon's. Wait another five years.

borsh13
borsh13

It's been going good for a solid 3 min now

crafalko17
crafalko17

@borsh13 It would be deleted very quickly so you would have to read fast.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@mike23 Not like Flores earned it, rather him get everyday time at AAA than rot on the bench here. Plus Tejada has been playing well and Murph/Flores combination up the middle scares the hell out of me.

borsh13
borsh13

There seems to be a way any user can delete messages which is what's happening

crafalko17
crafalko17

@citifield I like that, we shall refer to the mod as "it" rather than a human being. Good thought

borsh13
borsh13

I would just keep taking screen shots on my phone and see what everyone said later

borsh13
borsh13

I wasn't on here last night was it happening during the game?

borsh13
borsh13

Yea that name stands no chance no matter what u write

borsh13
borsh13

He must be getting tired

borsh13
borsh13

I've tried it didnt work... I spent time trying to figure it out when jsteel was deleting my comments but couldn't make it work

borsh13
borsh13

If that was the case jsteel and the glider would never be deleted the mets brass would just keep reposting their comments

borsh13
borsh13

Do u know that or he just hasn't commented in a while?

crafalko17
crafalko17

@mets74 @borsh13 Maybe he has one of those verizon ultimate fan chairs with a fridge and storage built in, he just added a toilet.

mets74
mets74

@borsh13 He had a post, it disappeared, he came back and stated he was gone since his post was deleted. 

borsh13
borsh13

I think he meant he is leaving the blog not that he was being deleted

mets74
mets74

@borsh13 Right. And that post was also deleted. Haven't seen anything else deleted in that thread. 

borsh13
borsh13

I think he was number 2 on this guys list jsteel comments were getting deleted first then the glider

borsh13
borsh13

I'm scared now I think I'm the biggest mets apologist on this site other than those 2 so I may be next

mets74
mets74

@borsh13 So far so good for you. Maybe it has left this thread and moved over to the other one.

borsh13
borsh13

I'm heading there now so we will find oht