By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 27, 2014
With another season slowly slipping away from the New York Mets, it's time for the team to identify the culprits and part ways with them. The Mets have done a good job jettisoning retreads such as Kyle Farnsworth, John Lannan and Jose Valverde, all of whom probably got more leash than they deserved, but they still employ several players whose spots would be better served going to other players. Click through to find out who those players are.
While Bobby Abreu hasn't been that bad as a pinch-hitter off the bench, the fact remains that, at this stage in his career, he's incredibly one-dimensional. Abreu, never the best fielder to begin with, has deteriorated defensively to the point where he shouldn't even be given a glove. His late-game ABs often set him up to be put in the field as part of a double switch, and the Mets simply can't afford to roster players with only one skill set.
While this might seem a bit more surprising, Eric Young, Jr. has been one of the biggest culprits for the Mets' offensive struggles this season. Despite manager Terry Collins' confounding unrequited love for "EYJ", Young, Jr. is hitting a paltry .220 with a .620 OPS despite being the primary leadoff hitter. A leadoff hitter's job is to get on base, and Young has failed in that regard, too. Couple that with his awful D and EYJ should be replaced.
Eric's namesake, Chris Young, was signed to a one-year deal this offseason, and it's a good thing because he's gotten off to a miserable start. Young was coming off an inconsistent, injury-plagued season with Oakland last year, but he hasn't shown any difference in his first year as a Met. Young is hitting .202 with three HRs and a .606 OPS and his defense hasn't been as advertised. It's time for the Mets to admit this experiment has failed.
Scott Rice has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season, pitching to a 5.56 ERA with an astounding 1.84 WHIP. While Rice has been serviceable against lefties, his primary responsibility, he simply lacks any ability to get out right-handed hitters. Righties are hitting an eye-popping .444 in 13 ABs against Rice, forcing manager Terry Collins to burn multiple bullpen arms so that Rice doesn't have to face righties.
Ruben Tejada is perhaps the poster child of the recent Mets failures. After general manager Sandy Alderson made disparaging remarks about Tejada last offseason, the Mets inexplicably came back with Tejada as the everyday shortstop. Nearly two months into the season, Tejada is hitting .195 with a pitcher-like .541 OPS and has proven, once again, that he's not a major-league caliber player. The Mets, in turn, should act accordingly.
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