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With center field in 2019 and beyond an uncertainty, the Mets have "had some internal conversations" about trying Amed Rosario in center field, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
According to Kernan, though the Mets have kicked the idea around, putting it into action is "not on the table" at the moment.
That's a good thing, since it's a fantastically bad idea. Here are three reasons why...
Rosario hasn't proven yet that he's ready for the majors
The 22-year-old has immense talent, but he hit .248/.271/.394 in 2017 in his first taste of the majors and is hitting just .230/.275/.347 this season. His defense has also left a lot to be desired, with him not showing the awareness needed at shortstop.
Rosario has definitely shown flashes of being the electric player most experts pegged him as, but he has a ton of work to do in terms of putting those skills together. Specifically, he needs to become more selective at the plate, learn how to use his speed to steal bases, and shore up his defense.
Rosario has never played center field before
As noted above, Rosario already has a lot on his plate. Asking him to learn a new position and potentially be a regular at that position in 2019 would put way too much on him.
Infielders convert to the outfield, and sometimes it works. But to ask this version of Rosario to do it seems misguided at best.
The Mets already have two viable center field options
Neither one is a perfect option, but Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo have both shown they can play center field on a regular basis.
Nimmo has been worth -1 DRS (defensive runs saved) in 268.1 innings in center field this season after being worth -3 DRS in 75.1 innings there last season. Conforto has fared worse, being worth -7 DRS there in 494.2 innings this season.
Yoenis Cespedes is an unknown heading in to next season, but if Jay Bruce is healthy (and not at first base), the Mets have three regular outfielders -- Conforto, Nimmo, and Bruce.
Circumstances can change, but none of those potential changes should result in Rosario in center field.