In the past two weeks, the Mets have signed Gary Sheffield to a major league contract and added Willy Mo Peña to the minor league roster. This past off-season, they also signed Cory Sullivan to a major league deal, added Jeremy Reed via trade, re-signed Angel Pagan and entertained the notion of Nick Evans and Marlon Anderson in the outfield.
Obviously, with Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis set in left field, there is a worry about if either of them is a capable enough fielder and if their bats would outweigh their shoddy gloves.
But over the last few games, Sheffield is starting to see more time in right field and the addition of Peña cannot be overlooked.
Do the Mets trust Ryan Church? Do they think he can rebound to 2008 PC (pre-concussions)?
So far, Church has given the Mets little inclination that he would be slipping back into the second half of 2008. He’s currently batting .378/.477/.541. Of his 14 hits, six are doubles.
He has only driven in two runs so far, and has only scored four times, but that is a problem that is greater than Church. The whole team is struggling with runners in scoring position, so it would be unfair to to peg that against him.
The latest moves the Mets have been making are somewhat beneficial to the team, I just wonder if it will come at any cost to Ryan Church.