Loyal MetsToday reader “whatdatmean” recently commented,
“Why has Endy not seen any action till yesterday? Are they trying to trade him and don’t want to hurt his stock by playing him? Seems odd to me. He has been Willieâ€™s boy over the years.”
Interesting observation. It’s true — Endy Chavez has not seen much playing time thus far this year (9 at-bats total), which would seem somewhat odd considering the Mets are short a starting outfielder right now (rumor has it, Moises Alou signed on for another year).
However, the emergence of Angel Pagan and hot hitting of Ryan Church has made Endy a spare part. Which begs the question: if Endy’s not playing now, what happens when Alou returns from the DL?
There are many pundits wondering how the Mets are going to take Pagan out of the lineup when (if) Alou is healthy, but the bigger question might be what will happen to Endy?
Assuming Angel continues to do everything, Endy Chavez becomes redundant. Or does he? Strangely enough, with Alou and Ramon Castro back in the fold, the Mets will likely prefer to keep a lefthanded-hitting stick on the bench.
Here’s how the bench looks right now:
Brady Clark (RH)
Damion Easley (RH)
Raul Casanova (SW)
Marlon Anderson (LH)
Endy Chavez (LH)
Here’s how it will look when Alou and Castro return:
Clark (RH) or Chavez (LH)
The way it looks to me, Brady Clark is the odd man out. However, if Ryan Church ever cools off, and Pagan remains solid, the tandem could become platoon partners — in which case Endy could be one lefty bat too many.
My bet is on Endy sticking — though if it turns out Pagan is for real, the Mets might consider moving Chavez in the right deal.