I do think the organization will have a discussion this offseason about how high Baxter's ceiling is. But I think Sandy Alderson and company see value in keeping him in a fourth outfielder's role. It's unfortunate that Baxter's season was cut short. Over the course of his red-hot start, Baxter hit .323, including .500 (10-for-20) as a pinch hitter. Since, he's batting just .242, however he's still getting on base at a .385 clip, and has hit his first two home runs of the year (both during their most recent series in Philadelphia). When you take into account his strong defense, I think you can definitely make a case for giving him a look as one of the team's starting three outfielders.
But that's not to say that he should be given a job. If Baxter is penciled into the every day line up in 2013, the other two outfielders would have be very strong. Stronger than anything they have right now. There's no denying Baxter has done a nice job, but this team is in desperate need of power. With so many questions around Lucas Duda, the ineffectiveness of Jason Bay, and the second half slide of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, the Mets need to do a lot of work in the outfield. If they were to acquire a power bat (preferably a right handed one) through either free agency or a trade, I think Baxter's case gets a little stronger. But right now, you do run the risk of overexposing a player who is a real asset to your bench. I think Baxter will get a fair shot to establish himself as a contender for an outfield spot in the next few weeks, but I feel like he may be more useful in his current role.