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.