So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Mets fared poorly in position-by-position rankings in the outfield.
On LF: “It’s something to say that a -9.7 fielding rating would represent great improvement, but that’s exactly what it would mean to Lucas Duda.”
On CF: “The Mets have the worst outfield in baseball and maybe the worst of the last decade, so it’s no surprised they’re tied with two other teams at the bottom of our list.”
On RF: “This probably will get ugly.”
But that’s okay, right? The Mets can just make it up at C/1B/2B/3B/SS, no?
Well, Fangraphs does have the Mets fourth overall at third base.
On 3B: “Some regression is certainly to be expected for Wright, who just had the second-best season of his career in terms of WAR. Still, even if he does come back to the pack a little bit, he still is well above average for the position.”
And Ike Davis powers the Mets to a 1B ranking of… 15th.
On 1B: “Davis is 26 this season, so it is not as if he offers tons of upside. But power is power, and Davis should be at least an average overall first baseman (if not much more) for the Mets, who have bigger problems elsewhere.”
Not overly inspiring, but okay. Where else can Mets excel?
22nd. On SS: “Young shortstop, contact, limited power, defensive adequacy.”
21st. On 2B: “Murphy hits enough line drives to be an effective bat up the middle. He doesn’t field well enough or hit for enough power to be anything more than average.”
Catcher, where the primary return for R.A. Dickey, Travis d’Arnaud, sits ready?
25th. On C: “Maybe you think Travis d’Arnaud is going to play a lot more than this in the bigs in 2013. Maybe you’re right; there’s not much standing in his way. But if you swap his playing time with Anthony Recker’s, nothing changes in terms of projected WAR.”
They like d’Arnaud; just not for 2013.
The Mets don’t have an outfield problem. They have a lineup problem.