Jose Reyes is the Mets’ best leadoff option, but heading into the season the team’s spark plug lacks an everyday position. Assuming the team’s position players stay healthy (and with this group, that is far from certain), Reyes doesn’t have a set position in the field.  However, that doesn’t mean Reyes won’t be playing almost every day. The Mets are hoping Reyes can fill a “Ben Zobrist-like” role – playing everyday at a different position each day.

Reyes spent most of his career playing shortstop, but when he came to the Mets last summer he became their everyday third baseman, even though he had never played that position professionally. He played second base early in his career when the Mets made the ill-fated decision to sign Kaz Matsui and hand him the shortstop position.

After signing Reyes last season, the Mets floated the idea of using him in the outfield. Ultimately the team opted not to have him learn another position on the fly, but Reyes is expected to get reps in the outfield this spring, likely in center field. The Mets have had a few failed outfield experiments in recent years (Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda), but those players lacked Reyes’ athleticism. If he can play an adequate center field, that would give Terry Collins the ability to pencil Reyes into the lineup at one of four positions.

What could the potential 2017 Mets lineups look like with “Roving Reyes”? Let’s take a look. (Note: For these examples, I am penciling in Jay Bruce in right field and Lucas Duda at first.  I expect Michael Conforto to make a significant impact this season, but that’s for another day.)

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Lineup # 1 – Reyes at 3B

Jose Reyes – 3B

Asdrubal Cabrera – SS

Yoenis Cespedes – LF

Curtis Granderson – CF

Neil Walker – 2B

Jay Bruce – RF

Lucas Duda – 1B

Travis d’Arnaud – C

 

Lineup # 2 – Reyes at SS

Reyes – SS

David Wright – 3B

Cespedes – LF

Granderson – CF

Walker – 2B

Bruce – RF

Duda – 1B

d’Arnaud – C

 

Lineup # 3 – Reyes at 2B

Reyes – 2B

Cabrera – SS

Cespedes – LF

Granderson – CF

Bruce – RF

Wright – 3B

Duda – 1B

d’Arnaud – C

 

Lineup # 4 – Reyes in CF

Reyes – CF

Cabrera – SS

Cespedes – LF

Walker – 2B

Bruce – RF

Wright – 3B

Duda – 1B

d’Arnaud – C

 

Each option is intriguing. Reyes figures to get the most time at third base as The Captain will need regular days off due to his back condition. On days when Wright is available, Collins will be able to mix and match based on the opposing starting pitcher, who is slumping, or who needs a breather.

Reyes may not be the all-star player he once was, but he brings an element of speed otherwise lacking from the lineup. A big year from Reyes could very well lead to a big year for the Mets.

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Chris Comando is a die-hard fan who loves writing and talking about the Mets. When it's not baseball season, Chris spends his time agonizing over his other favorite teams, the Jets and Islanders.