Adding another outfielder something Mets ‘have talked about’

PORT ST. LUCIE — Further gamers nearly definitely will likely be added to the Mets roster as soon as the lockout concludes, and supervisor Buck Showalter acknowledged Friday that one other outfielder could possibly be a consideration. 

The Mets already signed free brokers Starling Marte and Mark Canha this offseason to hitch Brandon Nimmo within the outfield, however past that there’s haziness: Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil can play the outfield, however are additionally commerce candidates. 

“[The outfield] is one thing we’ve talked about, the place we’re,” Showalter mentioned, referring to his conversations with common supervisor Billy Eppler. “We’re on the identical web page with all the pieces the place that’s involved. It’s a state of affairs that we’re analyzing to see if we really feel snug with it. We’re at all times going to look inside first.” 

Showalter isn’t supposed to debate main league gamers in the course of the lockout, however at one level he slipped and mentioned “if” Michael Conforto indicators with one other staff. It could possibly be the supervisor simply misspoke, however it additionally left room to marvel if the door could possibly be ajar for a Conforto return. Conforto declined the Mets’ qualifying supply and stays a free agent. As soon as the lockout concludes, there will likely be a sport of musical chairs for gamers to signal contracts, and that might profit the Mets in the event that they hope to re-sign Conforto to a brief deal. 

Buck Showalter speaks in Port St Lucie Friday.
Larry Marano © 2022

The ratification of the common designated hitter would create further at-bats that might justify including one other high-end bat. 

Showalter mentioned he expects the DH to learn the Mets. 

“In years previous perhaps it was a bonus to not have one the best way the membership was constructed,” Showalter mentioned. 

“However the best way it seems like we’re going to be, I feel it should match us higher. I used to be pulling for it for lots of causes — I feel for followers and the sport itself. However for us selfishly, I feel it suits higher.” 

David Wright will likely be among the many visitor instructors in spring coaching, in accordance with Showalter. The previous Mets captain wasn’t in camp final yr due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Showalter is finishing his second week on the Mets’ spring coaching advanced, throughout which he has been relegated principally to assembly with workers members. The supervisor mentioned he could return house to Dallas within the coming days, relying on the vibe he receives from the negotiations between the MLB and MLBPA that will finish the lockout. These discussions are scheduled to renew on Monday. 

Buck Showalter fields questions Friday.
Buck Showalter fields questions Friday.
Larry Marano © 2022

The Mets employed former pitcher Danny Barnes as an assistant coach on the key league workers. Barnes, 32, spent three seasons pitching for the Blue Jays. The Manhasset native has been pursuing a graduate diploma at Columbia. Barnes gained’t have a particular position; Showalter in contrast him to a utility infielder.


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