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Jason Bay: center fielder?

Aug 31, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Jason Bay AP

Potentially frightening/hilarious news in Andy Martino’s latest Daily News column. The Mets are thinking — not seriously thinking, I don’t believe, but at least kicking around the idea — of turning Jason Bay into a center fielder:

Imperfect circumstances call for creative solutions, and in recent weeks the Mets have kicked around many ideas for 2012. In that spirit, a well-placed front office source said it is “a possibility” that the Mets will move Jason Bay to center field next year. That remains far from likely, the source said …

The upshot would be an outfield of Bay in center, Lucas Duda in right and Daniel Murphy in left.

We already know that Murphy is a disaster wherever he’s placed.  Bay is a good enough left fielder, but I can’t see any planet on which he’d have the wheels to handle the big Citi Field outfield.  In sum, it would seem to be the absolute worst thing for a team that plays in a big pitchers’ park in which good outfield defense would seem to be the key to everything.

It’s just brainstorming, of course, and the worst thing you can do in a brainstorming session is hold back ideas because you think they’re silly. But yeah, this is one that probably doesn’t make it past the big white board.

  1. skipperxc - Aug 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Please yes. That outfield defense would be HILARIOUS to watch.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Is Pagan gone after this year? Because he is one of the few good Mets hitters, and you know, a center fielder.

    Also, Beltran is a free agent.

  3. plmathfoto - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Also if you’ve watched, Murphy isn’t bad at third base…only lol

  4. dondada10 - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    It’s not the worst thing for the Mets to publicly announce that Bay could in theory play center field. If they were to move him (obviously eating 90% or more of his remaining contract), a team might consider him as a 4th outfielder.

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