These two aren't quite allstars, but Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares have certainly be playing very good outfield defense and they have become a one-two punch on the basepaths in their recent playing time together. I'd like to see them both finish off the season strong, but as of right now, it appears that their presence and play over the last month or two have lifted the team in a very positive way. Look no further than Lucas Duda's banishment to Las Vegas to see that Sandy agrees with my assessment of the influence Eric Young and Juan Lagares have had. Assuming they stay the course and produce at this level for the rest of the season, Sandy will have new decisions to make.
The days of "What outfield?" are seemingly behind us with Young, Lagares, and Marlon Byrd producing near the top of baseball from the outfield positions. Assuming we don't bring back Marlon Byrd, which seems in line with Sandy Alderson's M.O., the Mets will still have Lagares (making the Major League Minimum) and Young (whose arbitration eligibility should only cost the Mets $3 million maximum, and more likely $2 million). Personally, I think the Mets will only need to add one star in the outfield, not two. Quite frankly, I only could have seen Sandy spending on one outfielder anyway, but the play of EY and Lags has made that idea much more palatable. I believe the choice is between Choo and Pence (Ellsbury being eliminated because he and EY are a little too similar). So regardless of whichever we choose, neither should be making more than $15 million a year. That leaves the primary hole on the team next year at shortstop.
Considering the excellent play of Stephen Drew, I'd say the Mets can afford to at least offer him a two year deal worth about $10 million a year (He's making $9.5 for this year, and we haven't smelled nine homeruns from the shortstop position since Jose Reyes). He's about league average at the position, and he'd add some credibility to the position. With, at the very most, $25 million invested in two position players, the Mets still have money to invest in a sturdy major league starting pitcher or a reliever or two if they're inclined.
How do you guys feel about this lineup in April 2014?
1. Eric Young, LF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
4. David Wright, 3B
5. Ike Davis, 1B
6. Juan Lagares, CF
7.Travis d'Arnaud, C
8. Stephen Drew, SS