I said I was done with all my roster tweaking when I wrote the ‘end of April’ tweak post. But I simply can’t continue to watch what I consider an amateur trying to play major league baseball at shortstop.
I’ve been consistent here. I’ve never liked Wilmer Flores at shortstop. I suggested very early to try and teach him first base, or switch him to a second baseman, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be able to figure out that he can’t hold the fort down at short.
Also, it’s only a matter of time that either Lucas Duda or Dilson Herrera/Daniel Murphy have a groin injury trying to catch one of Flores’ errant throws.
Lastly, everyone decided to live with his limited defensive ability because of his potential bat. Well, that started slow, heated up for a week, and through Thursday he’s only hitting .235, which includes .182 in the last 10 games.
TROVE - With Dilson Herrera's recent promotion and David Wright likely to return soon after suffering a hamstring injury in April, Daniel Murphy could become the odd man out in the Mets' infield. The Mets wouldn't necessarily be desperate to trade Murphy, but could move him if they get a solid package of minor leaguers in return
Time a Flores DFA with the returned of the all-star David Wright. Bring up Matt Reynolds after adding him to the 40-man and make Reynolds/Herrera your new inside infielder combo and, when ready, return Travis d’Arnaud to the starting catcher position (I would keep Kevin Plawecki in Queens as the catching backup, DH-1, and PH-1).
Then… market Murphy for the best player you can get. Your purpose here is to reduce salary and give Herrera the room to breathe and know he’s the starting second baseman to stay.
Murphy has to be able to bring a better alternative than Kirk Nieuwenhuis.