METS: What to do about the outfield?

If it is true that Ryan Church will be lost for the season, the Mets may seek some outfield help. Matthew Artus of Always Amazin does a thorough job of looking at candidates:

So who? Who should the Mets look for? They don’t have much to trade and they can’t afford to pay much, either. That leaves two rocks for the Mets to look under: expiring contracts on bad teams, and players blocked from starting jobs.

An example of an expiring contract on a bad team is Seattle’s Raul Ibanez. He’s hitting .276/.344/.440 with 10 HRs in 389 PAs this season, the final one of his contract. Considering Seattle’s dire straits, the Mets could easily pay the rest of Ibanez’s contract and not pay with a premium prospect in return. Adam Dunn might fit in this category, too.

The perfect example of a player blocked from a starting job just became unavailable, as Matt Murton of the Cubs just went to Oakland in the Rich Harden trade. There are others out there, including our previous suggestion of the Padres’ Justin Huber. Huber’s back with Triple-A Portland because there simply isn’t room on the ML roster. He hit .246/.303/.393 with 2 HRs in 67 PAs for San Diego this season, but that includes hitting .250/.313/.432 with 2 HRs in 49 PAs away from Petco Park (a notorious pitcher’s park). We’re dealing with small sample sizes here, but a larger sample size away from Petco may be what the doctor ordered for Huber, who plays the corner outfield spots, first base, and could serve as an emergency catcher.

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This post was written by bobsikes on July 9, 2008

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