Who will be the backup, and what is the succession plan for David Wright?
Having the leadership of David Wright back in the lineup is vital going into 2016, but it’s unlikely that the aging veteran is going to play 150 games in a season. His diagnosis of spinal stenosis pretty much puts a nail in the coffin of a full season of above-average play. It’s important that there be a solid backup plan – and a succession plan – at third base. Wilmer Flores is playing utility backup at most infield positions, but is unlikely to be the future of third base for the Mets.
The perfect fit would be a young third baseman, either in trade, or up from the minors, who could step in in relief, and learn from Wright while being groomed as the starter of the future. Wright’s bat, and field presence are important pieces of the current Mets “juju” and keeping him well-rested and injury free will require a solid plan for filling the slot at third for a good part of the 2016 season, and beyond.