My player projections continue around the outfield with...Andres Torres, CF
This offseason, the Mets traded Angel Pagan
to the San Francisco Baseball Giants for promising relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez
. In the deal, they also picked up a center fielder (after all, somebody has to play there). So who is Andres Torres?The Mets hope a change of scenery will bring back the Torres of 2010 (just as the Giants hope a change of scenery will bring back the Pagan of 2010). During the Giants’ run to the World Series, Torres went .268/.343/.479 with 16 home runs and 26 stolen bases. During an injury-plagued 2011, Torres’s numbers dropped significantly (.221/.312/.330).In the field, the Mets made a slight upgrade, from Pagan (-1.7 dWAR in 2011) to Torres (0.5 dWAR in 2011). And Torres brings post-season experience to the table, even if he may not need to use it this year.With Kirk Niewenhuis and Matt Den Dekker
on the way up, Torres may just be a placeholder. But for now, he’s the team’s most practical option to start the season in center field.Projection
: .244, 10 HR, 47 RBIFanGraphs: .254, 7, 49 RBI
Next up: Lucas Duda.