If that’s your first reaction to the signing, congratulations, you have missed the forest through the trees. If that’s your fourth consideration after hearing the news, well cool.
Flores, as you might recall played shortstop through the 2011 season. Faced with the fact that his slow feet prevented him from having the range necessary for the position, the Mets moved him to third base in 2012. Once he arrived at AA, and Jefry Marte also needed playing time at third, Flores split his time between first base (7 games), second base (24 games), and third base (26 games).
Obviously, the plan is for David Wright to play third base for the Mets until 2020. The only way Flores plays the position for the team is if something has wrong: most likely Wright gets hurt.
Flores just does not have the feet to have the range necessary to play second in the big leagues. Fans have called for giving him a taste of leftfield. He will also have below average range out there too.
As a 21-year old, he hit .311/.361/.494 in AA with 28 extra-base hits in 66 games and a 30/20 K/BB ratio. the man has outstanding hands at the plate. Between advanced-A and AA, he popped a career-high 18 homeruns.
Nope, the plan has to be to keep him at third base in 2013 in Las Vegas. Playing at third regularly, he might develop enough anticipation at the position to prove to some other team that the bat will support the glove at third. Failing that, it gives Flores another chance to keep hitting and perhaps even show that he can hit enough to play first base everyday. If he does that, than the Mets could move either Flores or Ike Davis to address another area of need.
The point again? There’s no reason for panic. There’s no reason for the Mets to trade Flores this week. Instead, they can let him play. I believe in the bat.