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Mets Need An Andres Gimenez Plan

Too much was made of Andres Gimenez‘s down year last year. He was a 20 year old shortstop playing in Double-A with a wrist injury. While it appeared he struggled, he was an above-average league hitter (105 wRC+) despite his being 4.1 years younger than the competition.

If there was any doubt the dip in his production based upon prior years was related to his wrist, he would have a strong stint in the Arizona Fall League hitting .371/.413/.586. So far, he has followed that up with a very strong Spring Training.

We should be wary of relying upon small sample sizes like we see in the Arizona Fall League and this Spring Training. We should also be wary of overreacting to a player not having the year you would expect when he plays through an injury. Instead, we need to focus on the player and his skill set.

What we saw in the Arizona Fall League and in Spring Training right now is a tinkered swing from Gimenez designed to help him generate more power. While we didn’t see the fruits of it when he had an injured wrist, we are seeing it now. The challenge for Gimenez is to continue this into the regular season with Triple-A Syracuse.

The challenge for the New York Mets is to figure out exactly what the future is for Gimenez because as things stand right now, he is completely blocked.

Amed Rosario is the everyday shortstop, and he is under team control through the 2023 season. Robinson Cano is the second baseman, and he will be paid $20 million by the Mets through the 2023 season. Jeff McNeil is the everyday third baseman, and he is under team control through the 2024 season. Really, there is no spot for Gimenez in the infield for an additional three years, and he is going to be ready to be called up to the majors well before that.

If Gimenez is the top 100 player he was before outlets arguably overreacted to his 2019 season, he is a talented player who can be part of a core of a World Series winning team. For him to be that, at least in Queens, the Mets have to have a spot for him. There needs to be a plan.

At the moment, there does not appear to be one. In that sense, the Mets are putting themselves in a situation not too different than the one they found themselves with Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith. With those players, they had two top 100 prospects who were at the same position and were going to be Major League ready at the same time.

They didn’t move one in a blockbuster trade to help the roster win a World Series. No, they moved a player in Jarred Kelenic, who they actually needed given the dearth of real outfield prospects in the Mets farm system. On that note, the Mets still do have a future (and current) hole in center, and they still have not prepared for how to best fill that hole.

Given Gimenez’s defensive skills, perhaps the Mets should move Rosario to center. On that note, Rosario has the speed and agility to thrive out there. However, it is difficult to make that change now when he is your starting shortstop. That leaves the Mets to look to move Gimenez out there this season. He certainly has the skill-set to play well out there.

Or maybe, the Mets best play is just to trade one of Rosario, McNeil, or Gimenez after the season to help them withstand the potential loss 2/5 of their rotation with Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello being pending free agents.

Ultimately, there are many potential paths on how to handle Gimenez and the rest of the roster. Whatever the case, the Mets need to set a plan now because Gimenez is starting the year in Triple-A, and based upon what we are seeing, he is going to be ready to contribute at the Major League level sooner rather than later.

8 thoughts on “Mets Need An Andres Gimenez Plan”

  1. Rich Hausig says:

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Gimenez looks fantastic but he still has to earn his spot. I think the message to Cano, 125 game target, is the writing on the wall. If he doesn’t perform hes gonna sit. And next year? Even more so. The Mets seem to be learning as an organization how to do this correctly. I think if hes the best option he’ll play.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You still need to have a plan, and based on what we’ve seen, there is no plan. That’s not how a well run organization operates, especially considering there’s no organization outfield depth.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Let’s see if Rosario can continue the defensive rebound he had in the second half before moving guys around. Good glove shortstops with power are about the most valuable assets out there….we would be better trading one and getting value back than turning one into an outfielder.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If you give one reps in CF, you can always move them back to SS. What you can’t do is put a player in CF on the fly and expect good results.

      I’d also note a player with versatility as a CF/SS has increased value.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        I do not think you can maintain elite MLB shortstop defensive skills doing it part time.

        Or CF for that matter. The Mets have to stop trying to turn everybody into Ben Zobrist.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          The Mets need a plan on what to do with Gimenez. Having him and Rosario both play SS is not an answer.

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    Gimenez is 21.

    He hasn’t had a major league at bat.

    He hasn’t had an AAA at bat.

    In AA he has slashed 257/.317/.380/.697

    He has six hits in 9 spring training games.

    The plan for him is become a major league player.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      This was all explained in the article

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