As it appears the starting position players may already be determined (pending your opinion of Murphy or any potential dump of Castillo) who is manning the bench for the 2010 Mets?
Obviously Cora has a spot.Â I would also assume that Blanco has the backup catcher slot.Â Barring a trade Pagan will most likely be an OF reserve.
OK so Cora, Blanco and Pagan.Â Well that was easy… uh we need at least 5?Â Oh…Â OK so last year we had Santos, Tatis, Cora, Pagan, Reed and Sullivan with appearances by a host of others.
Right now Omar has done a good job it seems of finding the host of others for 2010 by signing Chris Coste,Â Russ Adams, Mike Cervenak, Mike Hessman, trading for Chris Carter at the end of last season as well as retaining the rights to Anderson Hernandez.Â I am sure there may be some I have missed.Â I would also think that guys like Evans or Bowman could also get a look to take the Tatis role.
So are there 2 out of that group you would be willing to go to war with?
Personally if I was Omar I would continue to do what Omar seems to do best.Â Finding that low risk diamond in the rough that surprises everyone.Â Who will this year’s Valentin, Tatis be?Â My vote is for Ty Wiggington.Â Wiggington did not have a good year in Baltimore but we know from previous experience he is a hard nosed player.Â He provides pop as well as Tatis like versatility.Â He is owed 3.5 million next season but will have limited playing time in Baltimore, something he was very upset with last season.Â As a RH hitter he becomes a natural guy to give Murphy a day off if indeed Murphy is our starting 1B but also gives us the 2B, 3B, LF backup as well.Â Perhaps Baltimore would be willing to pay half of his salary to rid themselves of a potential problem?Â Otherwise, names still on the FA list that intrigue me:
Hank Blalock:Â Still young still has good power potential.Â Problem is he is left handed and is most likely looking to start.Â Has played 1B and 3B.
Nomar:Â Nomar is contemplating retirement but still for a bench player you could do much worse.Â The guy knows how to win and could become a mentor to some of our players in need.Â He can’t play much defense anymore but is still more able than Julio Franco was at the time.Â Perhaps the chance at competing again rejuvenates the 36 year old.
Garko:Â A TRDM favorite.Â Had a down year last year.Â My fear is that he may still be looking for too much cash.Â I also have to wonder in my mind if in a platoon he is that much more valuable than Nick Evans.
Huff:Â Also had a very down year last year based on his standards.Â Similar to Blalock he is a LH hitter who does not offer an upgrade over Murphy.
Adam Kennedy:Â My sleeper pick.Â Had a very good rebound year last year posting a 101 OPS+ while playing 1B, 2B, 3B, RF.Â He is left handed however, but I would not think about him as a platoon guy anyway.Â Just a solid guy to have on the bench.
Melvin Mora:Â Mora’s name has also been rumored on various sites including TRDM.Â He does fit the bill of a guy who can play multiple positions who is coming off of a down year.Â His OPS went from .826 in 2008 to .679 in 2009 in a year that was filled with controversy for him.Â Perhaps in a limited role his ability to play every position but catcher would be very useful.
Alfredo Amezaga:Â Certainly does not solve any power issues but the guy does fit the standard of speed and defense.Â He has posted average or above defensive stats at multiple positions including SS.Â The switch hitting flea did not play much last year due to injury but in my opinion would be more valuable than Ahern.
Rocco Baldelli:Â Has posted an OPS above .740 every year of his career but one.Â RH OF coming off a year in Boston.Â He did actually play 3 innings of 3B last year for what it’s worth. (nothing)Â He could provide some insurance against a Frenchy decline.
Endy Chavez:Â Everyone’s favorite hero.Â When healthy gives you 2 things, defense and uh.. defense.
Jermaine Dye:Â Where oh where will this guy end up?Â The guy can’t really play much defense anymore but DH spots are running thin.Â He has said to be willing to try out 1B.Â He would also give some protection against a Frenchy demise.
Jerry Hairston Jr:Â Struggled a little in NY to build off his great 2008.Â Still his versatility makes him a plus.Â Played 6 positions last season.
The Xman:Â I still feel he would be perfect for this team as a platoon guy with Murphy as well as an OF rotation guy.Â However, if his asking price is rumored to be too high for the Yankees….
Marcus Thames:Â Another sleeper in my opinion.Â Has always posted uh.. splits to say the least.Â Can play 1B and OF while hitting for power to say the least.
Any names I may have missed?Â How would you finish off the bench if you were Omar?