If Puello is in AAA next year, Castellanos will eat up his ABs. So I find this puzzling.
If Puello doesn't make the Mets out of spring training, I believe he'll need to pass through waivers. That means he'll likely be gone. They still have DD, Kirk, Nimmo, and Lawley who all need at bats. With MC's signing, I think Nimmo goes to AA first to prove himself there like he did in St. Lucie. There's no need to rush him unless Grandy or MC both completely shit the bit. Which could happen. Honestly I really hope Puello has a fantastic spring and makes this squad as a fourth outfielder. Then against lefties, MC can move to first for Duda and Puello can start as well. Having Den Dekker and Kirk on the bench as outfielders isn't ideal. They need someone who can come in when the face a lefty. Especially since Grandy is also a lefty. They have way too many left hand hitting outfielders. Flexibility wise, Puello making this team and sticking will help tremendously.
I love when we Mets fans overanalyze minor league contract signings lol...I guess (unfortunately for our favorite team) we simply used to the Mets giving minor league contract guys eventual major league contracts every year. ..........but this team seems ready to finally compete for playoffs, so its gonna be a lot harder to make this team based on a hot spring training only.
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