Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Much has been made about the outfield – or lack thereof – situation. Coming into Spring Training, the Opening Day lineup looked like it would include Lucas Duda in left, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center and Mike Baxter around in right. During the first two weeks of camp games, however, a slightly different narrative seems to be shaping up. Duda is still slotted in left in semi-permanent ink, but the other two spots are open a little wider than at the outset. Marlon Byrd, the obligatory springtime “wily veteran,” has played his way into a front-running position in right field and Nieuwenhuis went down with a bone bruise over this past weekend. While never having the position “locked up” in the first place, Nieuwenhuis had not helped his cause up until the injury by going a less-than-robust one-for-eleven in these early games. It would appear that spine of the outfield is now missing. One of the under-the-radar acquisitions of the winter – a Sandy Alderson Special, if you will – w...
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