The Mets, Third-Base Uncertainty, and Troy Tulowitzki by FM Mood June 27, 2015 The New York Mets are a team in need of upgrade. With their playoff odds now at 16%, while every additional win is still important, there should be a large focus on 2016, and beyond, as well. The question is where to upgrade. A team should be willing to upgrade anywhere (a win is a win, is a win, is a win). However, considering the type of depth and high-end talent the Mets have in their rotation, it seems unlikely they will attempt an upgrade there. Both corner outfield spots could use an upgrade, but it is probably unlikely that the Mets will move, or bench, either Michael Cuddyer or Curtis Granderson. Catcher has young talent. First base is set. Second base has a couple of capable providers in Daniel Murphy and Dilson Herrera. This leaves us with shortstop and third base. Shortstop was a hot topic around Metland during the off-season, mainly in regards to Wilmer Flores’ questionable defense. As he did things like this: Ahhh, that never gets old. However, he has also done things like this: Ultimately, Wilmer now has a 1.7 UZR/150 in 561.2 innings this year to supplement his 12.5 UZR/150 in 443.1 innings in 2014. This now gives him a cumulative 5.9 UZR/150 in 1005 innings! While this is still not a huge sample size it is becoming increasingly likely that Flores can stick at the position. Flores’ apparent ability to play shortstop coupled with his current 93 wRC+ (projected for more of the same from ZiPS and Steamer) makes him about an average player. This is where it gets interesting. The Mets’ third-base situation is probably the most variable in baseball. It is basically impossible to know what they will get from David Wright at this point, if anything at all. Spinal stenosis is a harsh mistress. Time will tell what becomes of Wright. Though, every cloud has a silver lining. Other clichés. The Mets will not bring in a strict third baseman, but it would be nice to have someone who can play there for a prolonged period of time if things go bad. This leads us to Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo is currently projected for a 128 wRC+, and 2.4 WAR, in 68 games for the rest of the season according to FanGraphs Depth Charts. Tulowitzki is the type of 5-WAR star the Mets are in need of, as he would be a major upgrade over Flores in 2015 and beyond. Additionally, Tulo would be able to move over to third base in the case of a prolonged absence from Wright, giving the Mets more malleability in terms of adding impact players. In this case Flores can either be traded or used in a different capacity. Tulo has long seemed to be a great fit for the Mets, and the uncertainty concerning David Wright seems to strengthen this fit. Or, maybe this doesn’t affect the Mets’ decision-making process at all and I’m just writing nonsense. Tulowitzki is a good fit regardless. Though he would command a package such as Matz, Plawecki, Rosario, and Conforto, this may very well be worth it for the Mets.