The Mets second baseman is Daniel Murphy. Ruben Tejada would be the most talented backup, but he’s busy enough at short. For now, Justin Turner remains the first backup, Jordany Valdespin next in line, and Brandon Hicks was signed to stir up the soup in spring training. All of these guys can’t break camp come April 1st, so we’ll have to wait and see.
In one sense, everyone is on Reese Havens alert. He finally played healthy in 2012, but played badly (AA – 325-AB, .215). He should play AAA in 2013… hell, he should have played it in 2011… but did he earn it? The Mets recent signing of Omar Quintanilla, who played exclusively at second in 2012 for the Orioles, is the insurance policy needed in case Havens goes in the tank again.
The rest of the full season team’s starters seem to have fallen into place. Danny Muno (St.L: 289-AB, .280) will play Binghamton (backed up by Rylan Sandoval), Yucarybert De La Cruz (SAV: 200-AB, .195) should start in St. Lucie, and J.C. Gamboa (Brooklyn: 140-AB, .186) will elevate to Savannah.
Observation: Havens was supposed to be the future here. Now it’s probably last year’s number one draft pick, SS Gavin Cecchini. Murphy will hold the fort down until something better comes along, which could be awhile.