Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/14/14
By Dave Mills The New York Mets signed two more outfielders today, but neither was named Michael Bourn and neither is likely to have an impact on the major league roster. #bbpBox_299246508249849856 a { text-decoration:none; color:#FF3300; }#bbpBox_299246508249849856 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; } In addition to signing RH relievers Scott Atchison & LaTroy Hawkins to minors deals, #Mets also inked OFs Corey Patterson & Mike Wilson about 4 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @eddymk Matt Eddy The potential effect Bourn can have on the Mets 2013 roster is another story, as acquiring the 30-year-old center fielder would reshape the state of the Mets outfield and bench. Photo by Michael G. Baron Should the outfield end up with two platoons, which is quite conceivable, the backups at catcher and infield become quite important. If the Mets pick up Michael Bourn, it is likely that a platoon in LF with Lucas Duda and either Marlon Byrd or Andrew Brown will be in place. RF will be manned by either Mike Baxter or Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the left and Collin Cowgill from the right, who will also backup Bourn in CF. Without Bourn, the platoon will shift a bit, perhaps with Nieuwenhuis and Cowgill or Byrd in CF and some permutation in RF. Duda will likely play most of the time in LF with regular late-inning defensive relief. Photo by Michael G. Baron The outfield scenarios dictate a remaining bench of three players, one of which is a catcher (Anthony Recker, Landon Powell or Juan Centeno as placemat for Travis d’Arnaud’s appearance in May), and two of which cover the infield (Justin Turner, Brandon Hicks and Brian Bixler from the right side, and Jordany Valdespin and Omar Quintanila from the left).  Still available from the free agent pool is an intriguing player who is a very good middle infielder and decent hitter—Ryan Theriot.  Should the Mets find a trade partner for Turner’s services, picking up Theriot would do much to solidify the bench. Valdespin should start the season with Wally Backman in Vegas as a super utility guy. Hicks is likely to be a cog in the Vegas infield. For now the Mets seem genuinely interested in signing Bourn, even if his price tag is beyond what they’ve proven willing to take on in recent years, but when you look at the flexibility it would give them across the board, it’s not hard to see why.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Joint with Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found at murder scene

Report: Marshawn Lynch agrees to new contract with Seahawks

Marques Colston restructures contract, will remain with Saints

Syracuse loses scholarships, vacates wins, on probation

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

Indianapolis Colts to part ways with Reggie Wayne

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

With Hunter Pence out, Giants have options

Small conference tourneys: a primer for weekend of madness

NFL Draft prospect decapitated a Sports Science dummy

Jeanie Buss says Lakers will celebrate Kobe’s 20th season

Winners and losers in the Brandon Marshall trade

Photo of plane by Giants' Larry Donnell in NY Times

WATCH: Matt Harvey looked fantastic for the Mets on Friday

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great Jordan trash talking story

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Who is the 'franchise player' at each sports network?

WATCH: Duncan Keith makes young girl's dream come true

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Small conference tourneys: this weekend of madness

Winners, losers in Marshall trade

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great MJ story

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Likeliest landing spots for Suh

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.