2010 Postmortem: Second Base

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Second base is one of two positions from which the Mets received league worst offensive production (right field is the other). Not one of the seven who manned the position posted a wOBA of .300 or greater. That's pathetic. Luis Hernandez's Kirk Gibson home run accounted for the only longball by a Mets second sacker all season. 

Fortunately, it seems unlikely that Luis Castillo will be with the team next season, given the list of competent GM candidates being considered by the Mets. Castillo endured his worst offensive season since 1998, but did lead the league in contact percentage. And to his credit, his defense seemed better than in prior years (better positioning?). Happy trails, Luis, it's not your fault Omar signed you to that ridiculous contract.

Alex Cora came 14 games away from meeting his $2 million 2011 vesting option. The front office thankfully pulled the plug, to the relief of most every Met fan. It's nothing personal against Cora -- he's just not a remotely useful ballplayer anymore, and especially not for a couple mil. He'll make a fine coach.

It's an eventful year for Ruben Tejada -- he made his MLB debut and in 20 days will legally be allowed to drink alcohol in the U.S. He struggled overall with the bat, finishing with a slash line of .213/.305/.282. September/October was kinder to young Ruben -- he posted a respectable .797 OPS and notched the biggest hit of the season. His contact skills and solid defense were on display, but so was his lack of power. He has a future with the big club, but in what role I'm not exactly sure. I'd prefer he start next season at Triple-A, playing regularly while the Mets employ a veteran stopgap at second base. Some options include Cristian Guzman, Ryan Theriot, Felipe Lopez and my early choice, Juan Uribe. Twenty-five year old Justin Turner mashed for Triple-A Buffalo this season and should be given the opportunity to compete for a roster spot. A middle infield of Jose Reyes, Uribe and Turner could work.

Desired 2011 starting second baseman: Juan Uribe

Projected 2011 starting second baseman: not Luis Castillo

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