Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/20/12
BTF asks… Maybe you could clear something up for me. Can somebody please tell me what the heck we are doing about the outfield now that Bay is gone? Is Kirk Nieuwenhuis really the answer at center field? What can we expect from him? Is Den Dekker even in the team photo anymore? Sean replies… The 2013 Mets outfield is more of a mystery now that Bay has “parted ways” with the Mets. But it will probably be comprised of some inexpensive pieces that can hit for some power or at least play respectable defense. Lucas Duda will not be the answer defensively, but shifting him to left field will hide his lead glove, and give the team hope for a .270 – 20 – 75 season makes him a decent option in the Mets eyes. In regards to Kirk – his fielding, instincts or arm have never been the question. The biggest problem with Kirk was after bursting out of the gate offensively, the concerns over his weak plate discipline resurfaced. He was striking out in over 33% of his at-bats. If Kirk can curb the strikeouts,
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