Let me preface this post with my belief that Gavin Cecchini is the future at shortstop for the Mets until proven otherwise. No first round draft pick is chosen with the belief that that player may not make an impact at the big league level. Cecchini's also the type of player that I personally like to have around, sporting a gritty, hard-working atmosphere not unlike our current third baseman.
Almost two months ago I wrote a post about the state of Mets shortstop position for the future, positing that my favorite solution to this issue is signing Stephen Drew. I recently subconsciously followed up my evaluation of the market with an evaluation of the Mets internal options at short. So what concerned me when I read this post was the amount of glove first, singles-hitting shortstops are apparently regarded as options for the Mets.
For those of us who are counting, the Mets already have two of those clogging up the 40-man roster (Tejada, Tovar) and neither Hak-Ju Lee nor Luis Sardinas present a considerable upgrade over either of those two. Either would also probably cost us some of our young pitching depth, which is not something to be abused or thrown around for the wrong deal. That means no Starlin Castro either. The Mets have, time and time again, become a common stopping point for psych cases and Castro would be no exception. Terry's postgame show could probably be renamed the Starlin Castro show just like it became the Frank Frank show, the Valdespin show, or the Jason Bay show. The Mets should just stay as far away from guys like them as possible. Villar is a dynamic player, but he's got some Valdespin-esque qualities that raise red flags for me. He has sported good power and good speed coupled with poor plate discipline culminating in my worry that he may not be able to sustain his current level of production. He's a high-risk high-reward candidate, but the Mets need to create a solid foundation before they can take risks like that.
One guy I do like to bridge the gap to Cecchini is Chris Owings. He acquitted himself nicely at AAA this year and he has not looked lost thus far in his September showcase. I call it that because there's no way Owings jumps Gregorius in the depth chart seeing as the Diamondbacks just traded for him. So Owings finds himself on the outside looking in his organization's plans. He's got great all around tools (12 HRs, 100 RBIs, 20 SBs at AAA this year) and a solid physical makeup.
I would probably be willing to part with Rafael Montero and Aderlin Rodriguez for him and I think Sandy has shown that he can be a shrewd trade artist in the past. I still like Stephen Drew if the Mets go the free agent route, but I wouldn't sleep on Chris Owings.