After being shuffled back and forth between triple-A and the big leagues roughly a handful of times over the past two seasons, it’s clear that the New York Mets have not yet developed a plan for Wilmer Flores. He’s rarely been given regular at-bats for an extended period of time and his position still remains up in the air. With no plan in place at this point, it’s becoming clear that Flores does not have a long-term future with the Mets.
With his size, Flores looks the part of a corner infielder, but there’s little chance of that happening with the Mets with David Wright signed to a long-term deal at third base and Lucas Duda finally blossoming as the team’s everyday first baseman. Second base could be an option, as Flores has played there a lot in the minors over the past year, but Daniel Murphy is installed there right now; and even if the Mets were to part with Murphy, prospect Dilson Herrera would appear to be next in line in the event that Murphy is dealt, once again knocking Flores out of the picture.
That leaves shortstop, the position that Flores has played the most during his time in the big leagues this season. Of course, most of the time Flores has shared time at shortstop with Ruben Tejada, and this has prevented him from finding a groove offensively, as the Mets continue to give Tejada opportunities to assert himself as the starter despite his erratic and inconsistent production. The Mets will reassess the shortstop position this offseason and will likely look outside the organization, as Flores is unlikely to receive consideration if he doesn’t get consistent playing time there during the last two months of the season.
This leaves Flores without a future at any of the four infield positions with the Mets. The best he can hope for would be acting as a bridge from Murphy to Herrera at second base. Other than that, the Mets have little place to put Flores except back in triple-A, where he has nothing left to prove after hitting .323/.367/.568 this season.
Of course, the obvious option is for the Mets to trade Flores, but with a line of .229/.260/.313 in the majors this year and his position still undetermined, Flores doesn’t have all that much value in a trade.