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Mets are considering an unconventional leadoff hitter.

PORT ST. LUCIE — Have a leadoff idea? Send it to Mickey Callaway. The Mets’ manager admitted Tuesday that among the big questions he has to answer in spring training is who will handle the leadoff spot, especially with Michael Conforto expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season as he...
Time: 20:05     Date: 13.02.2018
Last US Sport News: Mets are considering an unconventional leadoff hitter. NY Post 24 - US News

The Mets’ manager admitted Tuesday that among the big questions he has to answer in spring training is who will handle the leadoff spot, especially with Michael Conforto expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season as he rehabs from left shoulder surgery.

“I think we need to spend a lot of time with these guys to evaluate them the right way,” Callaway said. “I think it’s going to depend on the qualities we are looking for: Who is hitting second? Who is hitting third? Is there a position player hitting ninth or is the pitcher?”

Jose Reyes has been a natural leadoff hitter for most of his career, but the veteran infielder isn’t expected to hold a starting job if everybody is healthy. Brandon Nimmo had a .379 on-base percentage last season and could be part of the solution, but Callaway and team brass are leaning toward using Juan Lagares as the primary option in center with Conforto sidelined. Lagares does not profile as a leadoff hitter.

Among the ideas that have been discussed is using Todd Frazier in the leadoff spot. Frazier had a .344 on-base percentage last season, but doesn’t have much speed.

“Ideas are bouncing around that are going to be more clear as the spring goes along,” Callaway said. “[It’s] probably the most perplexing thing I have thought about so far.”

In 68 games as the leadoff hitter last season, Conforto posted a .947 OPS with 20 home runs.

With the Mets expected to carry only four outfielders, Wilmer Flores and Reyes will both take reps in the outfield this spring. Flores has never played the outfield. Reyes has two career appearances — one inning in center field and 5 1/3 innings in left field. Both came last season.

In need of Triple-A outfield depth, the Mets are considering a reunion with Matt den Dekker. The 30-year-old spent last season in the Tigers organization. Den Dekker was traded from the Mets to the Nationals as part of the Jerry Blevins deal before the 2015 season.

Team officials remain on the lookout for rotation and bullpen help. According to an industry source, the Mets were willing to extend a minor league contract to Bud Norris, but the veteran righty accepted a one-year deal worth $3 million from the Cardinals this week.

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