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Mets Position Battles: Shortstop

Who will be named the opening day starter at shortstop for the Amazin's?

The Spring Training clock continues to count down to the beginning of the 2016 season. Also with it is the countdown to finding out who's going to be on the roster in 2016. 

Once again, Yoenis Cespedes has dominated headlines on where he might end up and why the Mets haven't signed him. Since there's no controlling that, let's instead breakdown a positional 

competition with three players that are actually on the roster currently. On of many overshadowed signings made by the Mets because of the Cespedes stuff was the signing of Asdrubal Cabrera. 

Cabrera, who played for 9 years in the major leagues and was a two time all star. Going into his age 30 season, Cabrera has had himself a pretty decent career, coming off a season where he batted .265 with 58 RBI and 15 Home Runs 

on a what turned out to be an over achieving Rays team in 2015. Asdrubal has done alot in his career but 2011 was easily his best year. In 2011 he batted .273 with 25 Homers and 92 RBI's. 

Granted he's not the best hitter in the world. He brings a bat that has been for the most part decent althought 2013 and 2014 would argue that his hitting took a drop when he hit .242 and .241 playing for Cleveland and Washington.

Cabrera can bring a key bat into the Met lineup that with some improvements up and down from all 7 other players, the Mets won't need a star in Cespedes. 

Speaking of bats let's talk about our second player in this competition, fan favorite, Wilmer Flores. It's incredible to think Wilmer is only 3 months and two days older then I am yet he's been a Met for more the a third of his life. 

Signed in 2007, Flores really has been a Met for life. But the jury is still out on if the Mets ultimately want to keep Flores based on the botched trade in July involving Carlos Gomez. Flores, has been praised for his bat, but in 137 games he only hit .263 with 16 Homeruns and 59 RBIs

We know what your getting with his glove, not much range but a hell of alot of effort. Flores need to show the Mets he can hit well enough to play him at shortstop in 2016 before changing it up again. and finally there is another player we've come to love and that is Ruben Tejada. Tejada once again is a high on base percentage player that showed 

some of his 2011 and 2012 self. Going into his age 26 season, the question will be how will Tejada come back from the injury? Will he even be ready for Spring Training? Can his bat be useful enough to be used late in games to get one base? These are some questions that shall be answered (hopefully) in less then a month and a half and boy,

we are excited. 


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