There was a lot of demand for Scott Hairston to be replaced on the roster by Nick Evans early this season. And I do understand the sentiment- Hairston struggled early, Evans is a homegrown talent.
But Angel Pagan’s injury last night puts the need for Hairston and Willie Harris into sharp relief.
With Carlos Beltran now a right fielder- as he should be, to minimize the wear on his knees and maximize his offensive production, this appears to be the depth chart at center field.
1. Willie Harris
1a. Scott Hairston
3. Mookie Wilson
Seriously, who else is playing the position. Injured Triple-A slugger Fernando Martinez? Not on the 40-man Kirk Nieuwenhuis?
Hairston/Harris is a solid platoon option at any of the three outfield positions, a good job by Sandy Alderson to stretch his budget. They could even both play second base, if necessary.
If only Nick Evans had that versatility, he’d be on the roster. Meanwhile, Hairston/Harris will fill in for Pagan, and the Mets will continue to play a starting outfielder short.