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Is third base a real problem for New York?

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J.D. Davis fields grounder at 3rd in ST game
J.D. Davis fields grounder at 3rd in ST game

SNY’s Andy Martino will be responding to and breaking down answers to questions each day from readers. Here’s the latest…

@FredVGRSB: 3rd base appears to be a real problem so far. What do you see the Mets doing for a solution?

I don’t agree with the premise of this question. J.D. Davis is a solid, controllable hitter. Jeff McNeil can play third, as can Luis Guillorme and Jonathan Villar.

We understand that neither Davis nor McNeil is, as team president Sandy Alderson might put it, a defensive genius at third (McNeil is much better there than he looked on one anomalous, error-filled day). But when we zoom out, we see four solid players and one former All-Star who can man the hot corner.

While the Mets did contact the Cubs about Kris Bryant last winter, it seems that the discontent among some in the public regarding third base is rooted in heightened expectations for the team. In the course of one calendar year, fans have gone from thrilled to sign a rehabbing Dellin Betances to disappointed by the lack of a star at third. It’ll probably be fine.

And if it isn’t, Bryant could easily be available in July.



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