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Ultimate Mets Shortstop Post

The debate as to who will be playing shortstop for the Mets in the 2015 has been going on since well into last season and doesn't appear to have a clear solution that will please everybody. I've tried to compile a list of every potential candidate I can think of for the Mets starting shortstop position, starting with the incumbent.

Wilmer Flores, New York Mets

Wilmer is the odds on favorite to be the Mets shortstop in 2015, as per numerous interviews with Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins. Wilmer is one of the more highly anticipated Mets hitting prospects (for what it's worth) of the past several years and clearly has nothing left to learn at the minor league level. In 162 games for AAA Las Vegas, Flores has hit a staggering .321/.360/.543 with 28 home runs, 143 RBIs, 47 doubles and 207 hits. He had an 88 wRC+ in 274 MLB PA's which is very respectable for a 22 year old shortstop who put up much better defensive numbers than anyone would've predicted. His lanky frame, lack of lateral range, and poor overall athleticism have many doubting he can play shortstop in MLB for a full season and most scouts and fans feel he is suited better to third base, where he will never play for the Mets.

Truth be told, accounts of Wilmer's futility are over exaggerated by fans who feel the Mets need to make a "big move", and I'll admit I'm as guilty of this as possible.

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Tulo is the most frustrating player in baseball. When he's on the field, he's a Cal Ripken talent but injuries (namely groin surgery, a broken rib, and a torn labrum) have limited him to just 264 games over the past 3 seasons. The thing is, he is so freaking good that he can outproduce any shortstop who plays in 150 games playing just 100. 100 games of Tulo and 50 of Ruben Tejada/Flores might still be the best shortstop situation in the game. He is reportedly angry with the Rockies lack of competitiveness and is said to be actively seeking a trade. While he would likely be eager to play in New York, the city of his idol Derek Jeter, the $118 million minimum left on his contract and the prohibitive cost of elite prospects that would be headed to Denver in return make a Mets acquisition extremely unlikely.

Jed Lowrie, Free Agent (Oakland Athletics)

Jed Lowrie is probably the best of the free agent MLB shortstops, which isn't so much a compliment towards him but an indictment on the sad state of free agents. Lowrie is coming off of a down offensive season but is a career .261/.330/.355, 103 wRC+ hitter and has been injury prone throughout his career, though in 2013 he played in 154 games, slashing .290/.344/.446 and hit 45 doubles, good for a 3.5 fWAR. He doesn't have much range and is regarded as something of an average defender. He could be a fit on a 2-3 year contract. There has been surprisingly little buzz around him this winter. Houston is interested in bringing him back.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Free Agent (Washington Nationals)

Cabrera is another bounceback candidate with an solid offensive pedigree. He is a career .268/.330/.409 hitter who has hit as many as 25 home runs in a season. While he was known for highlight plays early in his career, he was always a poor defensive shortstop who struggled with consistency. Most teams reportedly view him as more of a 2B/3B and he played almost exclusively 2B after being traded to Washington from Cleveland. Personally, I wouldn't give him more than one or two years, but he is said to be seeking a 4 year contract. Good luck with that. Several teams, such as the Royals and Giants have shown interest.

Kang Jung-Ho, Nexen Heroes (KBO)

This is an exciting foreign talent the Mets have actually been reported to be interested in. The Korean shortstop who hit a mindblowing .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBIs is going to be posted today. Read everything about him in Sypa's report from September.

Takashi Toritani, Hanshin Tigers (NPB)

Toritani was described in fine detail by AA's Far East expert Steve Sypa here. The soon to be 34 year old is one of the most steady shortstops of his era in Japanese baseball and would require minimal commitment.

Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians

Ramirez was one of the players mentioned as a candidate to go to Oakland for Brandon Moss before they agreed to send Joey Wendle to the Athletics for the 2014 All-Star. He is a line drive hitter with a good glove, and he played well for the Tribe after the Cabrera trade, sharing time with former National Zach Walters. He looks to be blocked long term by Jason Kipnis at second base and über prospect Francisco Lindor at short, so he could still be available.

Eduardo Escobar, Minnesota Twins

Sandy Alderson reportedly turned down a trade that would've sent Dillon Gee to Minnesota for the soon to be 26 year old infielder who was worth 2.3 fWAR last season. He is known for his glove across all infield positions and became an average hitter after putting up a .336 BABIP last year. He was never highly regarded as a hitter in either the minor leagues or on the Chicago White Sox. The trade could conceivably be revisited if Alderson cannot get more for Gee.

Stephen Drew, Free Agent (New York Yankees)

Drew helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 with a 3.4 WAR regular season and a great glove, no bat postseason. He was unable to find a suitor willing to match his requests during that offseason and waited until late May to resign with Boston. He was flat out horrible for the Sox, not producing on either side of the ball and forcing Xander Bogaerts to play third base. He was even worse after being traded to the Yankees. This would be a one year signing and not one I would want the Mets to make at all.

Everth Cabrera, Free Agent (San Diego Padres)

Adam Rubin has reported that the Mets have ruled out signing Everth Cabrera but don't be surprised if that changes. The 28 year old Nicaraguan was non-tendered by the Padres after a horrible 65 wRC+ season that coming off of the heels of a Biogenesis suspension that ended his All-Star 2013. Cabrera has a ton of speed, leading the league in stolen bases in 2012 with 44 and hit .283/.355/.381, 114 wRC+ in his truncated all-star 2013. He was worth 4.6 fWAR between 2012-2013. Good buy low candidate but the risk is very high.

Yoan Moncada, Cuba

Moncada is easily the best amateur baseball prospect in the world today, and his signing bonus, which will assuredly shatter records by a huge margin, will attest to this. While some scouts don't feel he is suited towards SS long term, his overall toolset makes him someone that every team in MLB should pursue. He has Jorge Soler tools in the infield. If the Mets signed this kid and he needed a year in the minors, he would still be so exciting that we could stomach a year of even Ruben Tejada at shortstop. Just look at him, he looks like a ballplayer cut out of stone.

Luis Sardinas, Texas Rangers

Another shortstop prospect who is a candidate for a Dillon Gee trade. The 22 year old Venezuelan was a top 100 prospect ranked by MLB and BP before 2013 and 2014. He boasts impressive speed and defense, and hit .261/.303/.313 in 43 major league games, which isn't a hell of a lot better than his minor league line. He does stand to add some muscle onto his rail thin 6'1" 150 lb frame.

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Scott Boras has said that Andrus won't be traded but I have a hard time believing the Rangers would at least listen on a guy who is owed at minimum $60 million when they have several other viable middle infield options, including former number one prospect Jurickson Profar.

Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

This one is way out of left field, but he is one of my all-time favorite players so let me dream. With the Rays franchise issues being further exacerbated by the departure of both team president Andrew Friedman and future HoF manager Joe Maddon, they could be inclined to move one of their stars who is in a contract season. He is due to make just $7.5 million this coming season. He has been worth at least 5.4 fWAR every season since 2009 except 2010 (3.7) and is one of the most versatile players in baseball. He is usually found playing right field or second base but is a capable shortstop as well. There is nothing he can't do.

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

As unlikely as it seems for a star shortstop to be traded in division, Desmond is headed into a contract year and may demand more than Washington will give, making him potentially available for trade. He has great power and speed and like most Nats seems to kill the Mets. The Mets would have to give up a ton to trade for him and spend a ton of money to extend him, but he is a top talent at the position.

Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have two present options to form a double play combination with Robinson Cano and they aren't said to be interested in trading either one of them, but that won't stop Mets fans from speculating, nothing ever does. Miller not known for his glove, he is a big guy who is neither range-y or particularly steady (18 errors in 2014) but has the ability to add a potent bat at the shortstop position. However, he struggled with hitting most of the season which lead to the callup of the next, and final, player on this list. The Mariners might consider switching him to the outfield, similar to Dustin Ackley.

Chris Taylor, Seattle Mariners

Taylor has a better glove, more speed, and better on base skills than Miller, and I don't think they're particularly interested in trading him at all. If the Mets did, however, decide to trade Jon Niese instead of Dillon Gee and Seattle was interested, Taylor is the one I would target first.

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