Despite the minor moves Sandy Alderson has made recently it appears that we may looking at our starting lineup being already set for the 2012 season. Sandy has made a bunch of signings over the past week, and he continues to make roster changes daily. However these moves have mostly been addressing the minor leagues and adding depth. It seems as though the starting lineup may already be set.
Some of the positions are going to be up for grabs, such as second base, maybe a starting rotation spot and possibly a spot in the outfield. It just seems that right now the guys who will ultimately end up starting or winning a position battle are already on this roster.
We are set on the corners in the the infield with Ike Davis and David Wright. From all indications the shortstop position is Ruben Tejada’s to lose. Second base may be up for grabs, but with only Justin Turner and Ronny Cedeno posing a threat, it appears that Murphy’s bat will win him the job. With the loss of Reyes we can not afford to have to weak hitting middle infielders.
The outfield seems to be set in the corners with Bay and Duda, but Center may not be set in stone. Andres Torres is a speedy above average defender, but his bat will not wow you. With no real threat to him on the roster right now, the job appears to be his, but that could change.
Since the Mets did not address their catching situation via free agency or trade, it seems as though the job belongs to Josh Thole. Mike Nickeas does not scare anybody and Rob Johnson is only here to back up and serve as depth.
The losses of Reyes and Pagan mean this team will be slower than they have been in recent years. Jason Bay and David Wright have the ability to swipe a bag, but are not considered base stealers. We keep hearing that this team has the potential to be good offensively, but that still hinges on all of the what if’s we talk about every spring.
What if everyone is healthy? What if Jason Bay finds his stroke? What if David Wright returns to form and stops striking out so much? What if Ike Davis is healthy and picks up where he left off?
I’ll give you that there is a lot of potential. We do have a chance to be a very good offensive team, especially if Murphy winds up getting the second base job. The young guys like Davis, Duda and Murphy have the ability to provide a lot of production especially with the new dimensions.
I know this is a transitional season I was just hoping that we would make one significant addition to this offense other than Andres Torres.