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Who is the gateway to Cecchini at shortstop?

Because I don't need statistics to tell you it's not Ruben Tejada or Omar Quintinilla. I've pasted the list of 2014 free agent shortstops.

Shortstops

Alfredo Amezaga (36)
Clint Barmes (35)
Yuniesky Betancourt (32)
Willie Bloomquist (36)
Jamey Carroll (40) - $2MM vesting option with a $250K buyout
Alexi Casilla (29)
Stephen Drew (31)
Yunel Escobar (31) - $5MM club option
Rafael Furcal (36)
Alex Gonzalez (36)
Cesar Izturis (34)
Derek Jeter (40) - $8MM+ player option with a $3MM buyout
John McDonald (39)
Jhonny Peralta (32)
Brendan Ryan (32)

I crossed off Derek Jeter for obvious reasons, but looking at this list, I can't say there's a sure fire solution. With Cecchini at Brooklyn right now, he still has to go through Savannah, St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Vegas before he gets to the Mets. Of course, I know he may not have to stop at each of those levels, but he probably will. The earliest I can see him with the Mets is 2015 and 2016 is much more likely. That means the Mets will probably have to bridge a two year gap until he's ready. Unfortunately, I'm not enamored with any of these shortstops specifically. Separating them into categories, I get this list.

Glove First

Jamey Carroll (40) - $2MM vesting option with a $250K buyout

Alexi Casilla (29)

Cesar Izturis (34)

John McDonald (39)

Brendan Ryan (32)

Bat First

Yuniesky Betancourt (32)

Jhonny Peralta (32)

Injury Prone Projects

Stephen Drew (31)

Rafael Furcal (36)

Alex Gonzalez (36)

If we go glove first, we'll basically get a negligible improvement over our current shortstop. If we go bat first, it'll really expose our middle infield defense because, although Daniel Murphy has been good, he has not been great and we've benefited from having good defensive shortstops for the last few years. If we go with one of the injury prone shortstops, we may end up with Ruben Tejada anyways.

Among trade options, some shortstop logjams exist in Boston, Texas, Washington, and Cleveland.

Logjams

Francisco Lindor/Asdrubal Cabrera

Jurickson Profar/Elvis Andrus

Jose Iglesias/Xander Bogaerts

Danny Espinosa/Ian Desmond (Espinosa is really a shortstop, and only plays second because of Desmond. though it appears he may not be playing second anymore either with Anthony Rendon emerging.)

Unfortunately, it is likely that those teams will value those shortstops more than the Mets are willing to part with in a trade package.

So my question is, who's playing shortstop? (Actually, who's on first.)

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