Thursday, January 3, 2013
Mets may be done adding in outfield
By Adam Rubin
Although Scott Hairston remains a free agent, a team insider said it's conceivable the Mets actually will not add an outfielder on a major league contract this offseason.
Lucas Duda appears penciled in as the primary left fielder. As for center field and right field, that may very well be a pair of platoons. The lefty hitters would be Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center field and Mike Baxter in right field.
The righty hitters? That would be more of a competition. But Collin Cowgill, acquired from the Oakland Athletics, is a logical choice for one spot -- especially since he already is on the 40-man roster.
A team insider said Justin Turner actually should get strong consideration as a platoon outfielder too, despite no experience out there. That could also allow the Mets to have both Brandon Hicks and Omar Quintanilla on the roster as infielders.
Otherwise, if Turner is viewed primarily as an infielder, newly signed Andrew Brown or Brian Bixler would appear contenders for that second righty-hitting outfield spot.
Sandy Alderson did not return calls Wednesday and Thursday seeking insight about what remains for the Mets to do this offseason.