The Mets promised Chris Young a certain level of playing time this season, Sandy Alderson said at Citi Field on Tuesday.
Curtis Granderson will obviously be in the everyday lineup, Alderson said, noting that Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares will also see time in the outfield, as well.
“We’ve got some things that we need to sort through, but right now we’re happy with those four and presumably we’ll have a fifth outfielder at some point and be able to work all of them in,” Alderson added (Collier, Dec. 18). “It’s a nice dilemma to have given where we were last year with the no-name outfield.”
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Young Jr. might the closest player — from a traditional, speed stand point — to a leadoff that this team has. So, he may have a leg up on Lagares, in this regard. Of course, Lagares is a far superior defensive outfielder and Young Jr.’s OBP leaves a lot to be desired. It may depend on who the Mets are facing and who Terry Collins has on the mound that day.
I assume Granderson will play left field, which means Young will mostly play right field, while Young and Lagares will platoon in center. Unless, of course, the Mets trade Ike Davis, put Lucas Duda in Triple-A, shift Murphy back to first and let Young Jr. play at second. Plus, how does a possible fifth outfielder factor in?
There are roughly 60 days or so until pitchers and catchers, in case you were wondering…