What do the Mets do with Wilmer Flores? This has been a question that has plagued this organization for years now. And it's an interesting one. He's played literally every position on the infield. They tried him at short, but he's too slow. Then they put him at 3rd, but then they locked up Wright long-term. They put him at 2nd, but the Mets currently have Daniel Murphy blocking him. And now he's getting some time at first.
They could trade Murphy to make room for him at 2nd. But, despite his recent struggles, Murphy is a proven MLB hitter. He could still finish this year batting over .300. And on a team that needs offense, do you really want to trade a proven .300 hitter that's in his prime if you need hitting? Not to mention, Murphy is pretty clutch, too.
They could move Murphy to 1st, and make room for Flores at 2nd, but after all the work Murphy has put in to learn 2nd base, do you really want to move him just like that? Especially to a position that he's less experienced at? And outside of the last few weeks, his work has shown. He is no longer a liability defensively.
And then there's the possibility of putting Flores at 1st. This one makes the most sense to me, honestly. Let's face it Ike Davis fooled us. I was probably higher on him than anyone coming into this year (I thought he could be in the top 3 in the NL in home runs) but anyone who looks at him now can see he's a platoon player at best right now. He's anything but a sure thing going forward. And Josh Satin has had a nice month, but it takes more than a good month of playing mostly part time to buy in on going forward. That said, Flores isn't nearly as experienced as a first baseman as he is at 2nd. Would the Mets be willing to go through the growing pains of him learning first at the MLB level? Hey, if Lucas Duda can play 1st base and not make a fool of himself, anyone can do it...right?
Then there's the possibility of trading Flores, if they get back a nice piece, I could live with it. but in my opinion they should keep him and see what he's got. They've got holes in the lineup, he fills them nicely.
So, I ask you.