By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 9, 2014
With their 2014 season beginning to spiral out of control, it may be time for the New York Mets to address some of the glaring problem areas on the team. Two of those areas, shortstop and left field, have been problems for a few seasons now, but neither has been addressed with an adequate solution. If the Mets are to have any shot at rebounding this year, these are players they could do without right now.
While Flores is one of the Mets' top prospects, he's being miscast as a shortstop at the major league level. While Flores played short as a youngster, he has since grown quite a bit physically, but his quickness has not. Many regard Flores as a third, second, or first baseman, but his lack of foot speed limits his range at shortstop. Furthermore, Flores has not been playing every day, which means he should be sent down to get regular ABs.
D'Arnaud is a key part of the Mets' future and figures to be the long-term answer at catcher once he figures it out. Unfortunately for d'Arnaud and the Mets, his first audition has been particularly rough and has caused concern over whether he can hack it in the majors. Although catchers typically have a longer learning curve because of the responsibilities they bear, the Mets need to get something out of their catchers this year.
Tejada has played better as of late, but even in a Utopian world, Tejada is probably not cut out to be an every day shortstop in the major leagues. He doesn't hit for power or average, isn't a great defender, and doesn't have much speed, making it all the more questionable as to why New York continues to place their faith in him. The Mets need a legitimate shortstop for the first time since Jose Reyes left town and Tejada isn't it.
Rice has been the scourge of the Mets' bullpen this season, getting knocked around routinely and draining the rest of the bullpen due to his complete inability to face right-handed batters. Rice's outings frequently last one to two batters and stress the rest of the bullpen, as a result, but the Mets keep running him out there even with his 5+ ERA and 1.80+ WHIP. In order for the pen to truly take the next step, Rice needs to be let go of.
Young has been perhaps the biggest disappointment for the Mets this season as he's parlayed his one-year, $7 million deal into a sub-.200 batting average and a sub .650 OPS. Young's defense, supposed to be one of his strengths, has also taken a turn for the worst and he has found himself earning less and less playing time due to his struggles. Thankfully for New York, he's only on a one-year deal which means he'll be gone soon enough.
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