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No, this isn’t the start of a popular basketball chant intertwined with rhythmic claps from the crowd. It’s one of Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s targets during this year’s GM Meetings.
To be sure, defense is certainly a team weakness — the Mets finished with the worst Defensive Runs Saved (-93) in the National League in 2019, good for second-worst in MLB after the Orioles (-105), according to FanGraphs. Improving in that department is not only vital, but it’s a complicated process that involves sifting through organizational shortcomings.
But, let’s start with center field. It’s a position Van Wagenen hopes to upgrade before Jacob deGrom takes the mound against the defending champion Nationals on March 26. The caveat is there’s a challenge in finding center fielders when the Mets’ farm system is not exactly teeming with them.
"Premium position players that have the ability to play every day are hard to find,” Van Wagenen said. “When you look around the landscape from a player-development standpoint, a free-agent standpoint, or even trade allocation, you have to look a little deeper. So it’s not that easy to find.
“I think that's why we find ourselves in a very fortunate position to have this many controllable position players on our roster, but center field is not as easy as just waking up in the morning and finding a solution,” he said.
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