The Mets' starting infield is expected to be Todd Frazier, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Adrian Gonzalez from left to right. So, where does that leave Wilmer Flores and the still-rehabbing T.J. Rivera?
While Gonzalez (if healthy) is expected to start the bulk of the games at first base, Flores could see time as the right-handed part of a first base platoon.
"I think he does have a place, and I think he's carved it out pretty nicely for himself and that he is that platoon guy -- every single time the Mets face a left-handed starter," MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said Thursday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "You're talking about one of the best platoon guys in the game when it comes to hitting left-handed pitchers."
The 26-year-old Flores, who might also see time at third base and second base, hit .291/.309/.553 with seven HR in 103 at-bats last season against left-handers. He is a career .274/.318/.520 hitter against lefties.
Meanwhile, Gonzalez has slugged just .419 against lefties for his career.
Rivera, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is hoping to soon begin throwing, may wind up in Triple-A Las Vegas when he's ready to return.
"He's going to have to hit his way back here," DiComo said.
The Mets are expected to carry eight relievers, which would mean there's room for only four bench players. And those players are expected to be Flores, Jose Reyes, whoever is not starting that day between Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, and whoever is not starting that day between Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares.
Rivera, 29, hit .290/.330/.430 with five HR in 214 at-bats last season. He hit .333/.345/.476 with three HR in 105 at-bats in 2016, during what was his rookie season.