Sunday, December 11, 2011

A look at the available OF right handed bats

Looking at the Mets outfield what I feel the Mets need is a right handed outfielder with power potential who can hit off the bench and play all three outfield positions.  With Duda being left handed, Torres is listed as a switch hitter but a much better lefty hitter and FMart being the most major league ready prospect also a lefty, Bay could use a little help on the right side.

Here is a list of available free agent outfielders who are switch hitters or right handed batters, the budget will probably afford a deal like Harris /Hairston received last year, a one year deal around 1.5 M with incentives.  So who would your realistic pick be...

Carlos Beltran, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Mike Cameron, Brett Carroll, Coco Crisp, Michael Cuddyer, Darren Ford, Greg Golson, Jonny Gomes, Scott Hairston, Conor Jackson, Reed Johnson, Andruw Jones, Austin Kearns, Ryan Ludwick, Joe Mather, Jason Michaels, Lou Montanez, Magglio Ordonez, Cody Ransom, Jason Repko, Aaron Rowand, Marcus Thames, Reggie Willits

Here are my thoughts;

Carlos Beltran, Coco Crisp, Magglio Ordonez and Michael Cuddyer would be too costly.  Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, and Aaron Rowand just aren't appealing to me, they appear washed-up. Cody Ransom is more of a weak hitting  back-up infielder despite being listed as an outfielder.  Otherwise the affordable right handed outfielders break down into two groups;

Corner outfielders with some power: Conor Jackson, Jonny Gomes, Austin Kearns, Ryan Ludwick, Marcus Thames

Fill-in center fielders with no power: Brett Carroll, Darren Ford, Greg Golson, Reed Johnson, Joe Mather, Jason Michaels, Lou Montanez, Jason Repko, Reggie Willits

One player who could spend regular time in center field or come off the bench and has double digit homeruns.... Andruw Jones

I do wonder what Mike Cameron has left, always known as a great clubhouse guy he was let go by the Marlins at the end of the season for a conduct issue but nothing more came out about it.

I think Scott Hairston stands out in this group as well, he only had seven homeruns last year but with the fences in this year, I think that would increase and he can play all three outfield positions.

Who would you pick from the group...

Here is the list of free agent outfielders form MLB, lefty/righties are not sorted...