While the New York Mets have been on an absolute tear as of late so too did the left hamstring of 2B Robinson Canó bringing with it some concern about the team going forward. The second baseman suffered the injury in Sunday’s 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates after an MRI revealed a tear of his left hamstring the New York Mets placed Canó on the injured list back on Monday prior to the doubleheader against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that while there is no timetable regarding Canó’s return surgery would not be required in the second baseman’s recovery. Canó has had two other stints this season on that injured list with a strained left quadriceps injury that Callaway does not believe is related. To replace Canó the Mets called up INF Luis Guillorme from the Syracuse Mets (Triple-A). A left-handed bat, Guillorme has played well in Syracuse. In 69 games played the infielder is slashing .307/.412/.452. The major league numbers for Guillorme have been less impressive, in 2019 his slash line is .154.185.154.
A left foot injury to 1B/OF Dominic Smith has given fans some major concerns about the Mets bench, and for justifiably good reasons. While this recent turn-around by the New York Mets has been fun as they have crawled back to 59-56 (.513) after sweeping the Miami Marlins in a four-game series and find themselves just a half-game back of the 2nd Wildcard spot. The next few weeks will prove challenging as the schedule gets more difficult, especially with the Mets chasing The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals along with the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals. These are good teams that the Mets will eventually see. In baseball, the cream truly rises to the top and we’ll see soon if the Mets are the real deal, or not.
Cue the talk about 2B Asdrúbal Cabrera recently designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. With a slash line of .235/318/.393 combined with his decent numbers in 3 seasons as a New York Met (2016-2018) before he was traded to Toronto, Cabrera was hitting .279/.339/.464. The talk of a potential reunion would end quickly with the Washington Nationals signing Cabrera to a minor-league deal.
I didn’t think Cabrera was the right fit for the 2019 Mets.
The idea of outside help continues with the pot stirring amongst Mets fans now that 2B Joe Panik has been designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants after they acquired Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds before the trade deadline. Does Panik-signing a veteran recently designated for assignment make the most sense for the Mets? Panik in 2019 is hitting .235/.310/.317 and with his local connections, Panik was born in Yonkers, NY and drafted out of St. John’s University in the 1st round back in 2011, along with his playoff experience make him an interesting idea for a fit with the New York Mets. However, we should not ignore internal options as well for replacing an injured Canó.
2B Luis Guillorme, while overlooked by fans, provides a good glove in the field despite his bat not translating in the big leagues yet.
Let’s face it, this Mets team has gambled themselves around starting pitching, it’s been that way for the last couple of years and has recently been doubled-down on with the Mets acquiring RHP Marcus Stroman before the trade deadline, the Mets have arguably the best starting rotation in baseball right now. The best way to build around that strength is through the bullpen (which let’s face it is the biggest question mark on this team) and through defense up the middle. Guillorme provides that defense, coupled with the ability to play multiple positions in the infield at a high level.
2B Dilson Herrera is a solid option.
Herrera was likely overlooked in this case for Guillorme perhaps because he fouled a ball off of his shin leaving him out of the last game combined with Guillorme’s defensive skill. In 2019 for the Syracuse Mets, Herrera has been hitting .250/.331/.538 hitting 22 home runs along the way. Herrera’s bat provides could bring a spark to the Mets if they happen to need it.
2B Rubén Tejada has truly made the most out of his minor-league contract with the Mets.
Tejada was the starting second baseman for the New York Mets back in 2015 on that World Series bound team before a fateful collision at second base with Chase Utley, yeah, that one and has seemingly fallen out of the light since. After short stints in the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, and Baltimore Orioles organizations before signing a minor-league deal with the Mets for the 2019 season. Assigned to both the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies and the Triple-A Syracuse Mets Tejada has hit .351/.426/.508 in the minor leagues this year. The concern with Tejada would be not playing in the majors in 2017, despite hitting the best he has done in his professional career. The pros would be Tejada clearly making some adjustments which have paid off for him this year, coupled with his ability to play the shortstop position as well.
And why, oh why has no one talked about 2B Danny Espinosa?
This probably has surprised me the most considering that no one has mentioned the Mets-killer as a possible fill-in option for Canó. After all Espinosa for the Triple-A, Syracuse Mets has been hitting 259/.345/.439. The 32-year-old has shown some pop still in his bat while boasting good defensive play as well. Check out this video tweeted by Matt Hauswirth of CNY Central.
Robinson Canó’s absence from the Mets certainly doesn’t help their chances to make the 2nd wildcard spot. The Mets are definitely going to have to find someone to fill in for him, and while that answer may lie outside the organization by signing of a player like Cabrera or even perhaps Panik there are options in-organization as well for the short and long term as well.