Both players were best known as centerfielders, and the Mets — whether they realize it or not — are desperate for outfield depth, particularly in centerfield.
Though, I doubt highly that Wilson is capable of handling center, considering the knee problems that plagued his final years and pushed him to the corners. Edmonds, though, might be able to play a decent center even at age 40 — it wasn’t his legs that kept him out of MLB in 2009. I wouldn’t expect him to approach his Gold Glove status, but I would expect him to be as good or better than anyone the Mets have not named Carlos Beltran.
I know, I know — the last thing the Mets need right now are more over-the-hill players, particularly ones who have a history of being fragile. But if you can suggest better free agent alternatives, I’m all ears. Comment below.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.