Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Where does Flores fit in?
By AJ Mass
The New York Mets like Wilmer Flores a lot, and they want him to play every day for the rest of the 2013 season so that they can figure out what they are going to with him in 2014.
Flores has been playing third base almost exclusively since getting called up in early August. However, there's only an opening at the hot corner due to an injury to David Wright, and the team captain is not going anywhere anytime soon. Shortstop is likely to be filled by Ruben Tejada, who is finally getting recalled by the Mets, after ensuring they delayed long enough to retain his rights through 2017.
That leaves only second base for Flores, and there are certainly doubts about whether or not he can handle the position. "I know that they don’t trust me yet," Flores said, "but now I get my chance to show them."
If Flores can indeed "show them," perhaps the Mets will be able to trade Daniel Murphy in exchange for some major league caliber pitching that can be a one-year stopgap while Matt Harvey is forced to sit out with his elbow injury. If Flores fails, the team may end up having to turn to Eric Young Jr. in the infield, and let Flores learn at the minor league level for another few months instead.