Sunday, December 2, 2007

Now that a lefties in RF who's the righty OF

I said for weeks with an outfield of Alou, Beltran (switch) and Milledge the team needed a lefty fifth outfielder, since Chavez would be used so much to replace Alou. I thought the lefty would be veteran utility player type who was use to coming off the bench, I mentioned names like Nixon and Mackowiak. But if Church is actually the starting right fielder and not just trade bait, then they will definitely need a right handed outfielder. In saying that, we have to remember that Ben Johnson is still on this team and he would be a fourth or fifth OF on most teams, in fact if Milledge didn't get off to such a great spring he would have been on the opening day roster. Currently the only right handed bat off the bench is Damion Easley (not counting Castro) and I really don't enjoy seeing playing any position that involves grass. So if a right handed bat isn't on the 25 man roster and Ben Johnson isn't the answer the team needs to look to sign or trade for one. I'm not forgetting Carlos Gomez but just as Milledge wouldn't develop on the bench neither will Gomez, he needs to be in AAA. Yesterday, the Red Sox decided to decline arbitration to super utility switch hitting outfielder Bobby Kielty, as the NY POst says he might be a very good fit......

Kielty is a 31 y/o switch hitting reserve outfielder who has played seven seasons for four different teams. His best season came in 2006 when he played in 81gms and batted .270. However, after being traded to the Red Sox mid-way through last year he struggled hitting only .219, would he turn out to be a right handed Anderson or Newhan........

The Mets have Church in right field now, and the lefty swinger is a good hitter. However, Church hit .229 with one homer against lefties this past season.

The Mets could pursue a righty bat, especially with Milledge gone, who can help play right field. One free agent who could be a logical fit would be switch-hitting Bobby Kielty, who in his career against lefties has hit .296 with a .379 on-base percentage and 30 homers in 702 at-bats. source NY Post