The Mets may have found a replacement third baseman, and he's been right under their nose.
Shawn Bowman, a 23-year-old third baseman has been absolutely raking so far in the Arizona Fall League.
Through five games, none of which the Peoria Saguaros have lost, Bowman is hitting .545, with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBI's. He's slugging 1.273 and OPS'ing 1.888. Due to those insane numbers, he's earned the AFL Player of the Week.
I've heard rumors about people wanting to move David Wright to first base due to his often shoddy throws across the diamond. I wouldn't want to lose Wright's glove at third, but Bowman has a pretty steady glove of his own.
In his first pro season, back in 2004, Bowman committed 24 errors in 244 attempts. The next year, he was charged with 19 in 186 chances. Since then, over the next three injury-riddled years, he's committed 13 errors in 172 chances. Not great, but not bad.
Trade bait? Possibly. Especially because Wright seems to have the hot corner all to himself for a long, long time.