This week’s question to the RDMB staff:
What do you think the Mets should do with Kirk Nieuwenhuis once Andres Torres returns from the DL?
Here are their responses:
Don’t wanna cop out here, but I would say it depends on A.) if he keeps playing well and B.) if the Mets are serious about trying to contend this year. If Captain Kirk can hit at a .270/.340/.450 clip (roughly) then he should probably get the job. Torres brings elite defense and the only true speed that our line-up can offer, and he is also a known quantity. The Zips projections for ROY are pretty similar, but gun to my head? I’ll take Captain Kirk.
Kirk needs to play everyday. It’s nice to see what he has done at the big league level, but the Mets should also see what they have in Torres. Since only one can start, I say send Kirk down so he can stay sharp. If Torres plays great, that’s fantastic – you have a CF for now and a good OF waiting at Buffalo. If he falls on his face then bring Kirk back. It is way early and they don’t figure to contend this year – and neither Kirk nor Torres is going to change that – so assess what you have and move on accordingly.
Sending Kirk down would be ludicrous.
He needs to play and I say you set up a modified 4 man OF platoon where Kirk moves around.
It is high time Bay sits twice a week, Duda cannot hit lefties and Torres needs a day off a week to rest his gimpiness.
Play them all about 5 games each every week.
I would keep both and DFA Baxter. If Kirk needs to be sent down for more seasoning it’ll be obvious to everyone and you can make that move, but if not then keep him because so far he has looked like he belongs. Torres is really more of a fourth outfielder so let him play that role. It will allow you to potentially replace Duda late for defensive purposes and take Bay out of the lineup against hard throwing righties (or if he is just plain terrible). No offense to Baxter, but if you take him away and keep both Torres and Kirk the bench looks better and also you’ll free up a spot on the 40-man roster, which I think is something this team could really use.
Once Torres returns, I would start Kirk the majority of the time for a couple reasons. Torres has been an injury risk throughout his career and the only way to find out if Kirk is for real is to give him regular playing time. I would give Torres some starts in center as not to completely phase him out and spell Bay and Duda more often with Kirk. This way the Mets can infuse Torres speed into a lineup that severely needs it while still getting Kirk the at-bats he needs to improve as a player.
I, too, see no reason for Terry Collins to NOT play Kirk Nieuwenhuis. As TRS said, why would you start a guy like Torres, a washed-up veteran who may not even be around next year? It would be different if Torres had a good season last year, but he didn’t. A .221/.312/.330 slash line should not guarantee you a starting spot on a major league roster.
Captain Kirk starts and Torres comes off the bench. Trade deadline rolls around….trade Torres. Torres is injury prone and is only going to get hurt again. Captain Kirk is the future….along with Davis, tejada and the young pitchers in AAA
From TRS86′s post on this subject a few days ago:
So who would you guys rather see? A guy in Torres that had his best and only decent year a couple of years ago (not to knock a guy while he is down) or a young kid that looks like he completely understands his role on the team and is willing to do whatever it takes? I know, I know, a bit one sided isn’t it? For me I hope these next few weeks leaves Terry with no choice but to keep the Captain in charge of CF.
Mr. North Jersey:
It’s a question that really can’t be answered now due to it depending on too many variables but that being said if he can continue to play well I think Baxter may be the odd man out when all is said and done.
I think for now we have to keep Kirk, I’m in the send Baxter down camp. (or DFA)