Sandy Alderson has said that David Wright will be the Mets third baseman going into 2017. He hopes Wright will remain healthy and play in four out of every five games, relegating Jose Reyes to a super utility role as opposed to the starting third baseman gig he had late last season.
Jose Reyes is a true leadoff hitter, providing the speed and baserunning ability the Mets haven’t had since, well, Jose Reyes. For the last few seasons, though, Curtis Granderson has fared well in the leadoff spot, despite his profiling as a middle of the lineup slugger.
Granderson was the teams every day leadoff hitter before the acquisition of Jose Reyes, and once he arrived, Granderson saw a lot of time hitting 2nd and 4th in the order. This is how he fared in each of those three spots, where he got most of his at bats:
1st: .218/.317/.433 321 AB, 16 HR, 25 RBI, 13 2B, 4 3B
2nd: .235/.316/.365 85 AB, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 2B, 0 3B
4th: .321/.440/.605 81 AB, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 3 2B, 1 3B
Grandy clearly fared much better batting in the middle of the lineup, where his 30 home runs could do a lot more damage. There he recorded only 7 less RBIs despite 240 less at bats.
The idea is that when Wright plays, he will hit, so the lineup will be deeper. However, Reyes would not only provide better defense at third, but he could bat leadoff and allow Granderson to move down in the lineup where he prospers.
There have been rumblings that David Wright will get some time at first base, where he could theoretically start against lefties. Most of his defensive problems came with his throwing, so a transition to first base makes sense.
The Mets also plan on having Reyes get some reps in the outfield during Spring Training, however this might not lead to that many more at bats because the outfield is already so crowded.