Wilmer Flores hasn’t shown enough to be the Mets shortstop

Posted: September 20, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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Wilmer Flores hasn’t shown enough with the stick to show that he should start in 2015 on what should be a contending team

By Steven Inman

Sandy Alderson recently said to some of the clubs beat reporters that he is “getting more comfortable” with the idea that Wilmer Flores could be the Mets shortstop next season. Flores, 23, is hitting .246 with six homers and 28 RBI in 224 at bats for the Mets this season. Flores’ defense has been much better than advertised to the point where he has shown he can play the position. That being said, his defense is still a liability and I don’t think he’ll hit enough to make up for the defense.

A potential Wilmer Flores-Daniel Murphy middle infield combo could be catastrophically bad.

There have been players who have improved defensively with experience at the major league level at shortstop. Jhonny Peralta, currently of the Cardinals was a player who was viewed within the industry as a very poor defender at short but is now viewed as one of the major’s best defenders to go along with an impressive bat.

Flores is out of options so the Mets will lose him to another team if he doesn’t make Sandy Alderson’s club out of spring training. Flores has shown enough that he should be the backup middle infielder.

Flores is only 23 years old with very little big league experience so while I don’t think he should be the Mets starting shortstop next year that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be down the road.

Flores is hitting .273 (15-55 AB) with a .305 OBP along with four homers and 12 RBI in 14 September games.

There will be plenty of quality shortstops on the free agent market such as J.J. Hardy, Jed Lowrie and Asdrubal Cabrera. Of course we wouldn’t be having this conversation if the Mets could afford one of these players plus fill their left-field need.

Shortstop has been the black hole on the Mets infield ever since the team elected not to pay All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes what he was worth. A move that both team and player both probably regret by now.

What should the Mets do at shortstop next season?

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Unless the GM makes a deal or signs a SS before opening day Flores will be the Mets starting SS on opening day. If I were Sandy Alderson I wouldn’t let any other team’s GM hold him up by insisting on any of the Mets young starting pitchers. All any of us can do now is wait and see how the off season market shapes up. All star caliber SS’s like Jose Reyes do not come easy. Also why would any team want to trade a legitimate power hitting out fielder for a singles and doubles hitter like Daniel Murphy. It looks to like Sandy Alderson has painted himself into a corner when it comes to acquiring a SS of left fielder for the Mets. Mike

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