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Jose Reyes, who is adjusting to a bench role, began the season by going 0-for-20 through April 19. Since then, he's gone 5-for-12 with a home run.
Overall, Reyes is hitting .156/.206/.250. And though his BABIP is an impossibly low .148 and some improvement on the outcomes for the balls he puts in play can be expected, it's fair to wonder how much longer the Mets will carry him.
Along with his poor offensive production, Reyes is a liability in the field -- where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) last season while playing primarily shortstop, third base, and second base.
If the Mets choose to move on from Reyes at some point this season, who could replace him? Here are the three most likely options, who are all on the 40-man roster and currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas...
The 25-year-old Evans, who began the season on the 25-man roster, won the Eastern League batting title in 2016 when he hit .335/.374/.485 for Double-A Binghamton. He is currently hitting .257/.337/.459 for Las Vegas while playing third base, second base, first base, left field, and catcher -- a position he started playing during Spring Training.
Carrying Evans over Reyes would mean Wilmer Flores and/or Asdrubal Cabrera as the backup shortstop. But it would also give the Mets a third catcher -- giving manager Mickey Callaway more in-game flexibility.
Cecchini, 24, revamped his swing during the offseason and has been raking for Las Vegas -- hitting .342/.395/.532 in 22 games. He's had cups of coffee with the Mets in the majors in 2016 (four games) and 2017 (77 at-bats in 32 games).
If Cecchini eventually turns in to an everyday player, it won't be at shortstop. But as a utility guy, he would give the Mets cover at short, second base, and third base.
If the Mets want to place an emphasis on defense, the 23-year-old Guillorme -- the best fielder in the Mets' system and one of the best defenders in all of the minors -- would be the choice.
Guillorme, who has not yet played in the majors, opened some eyes during Spring Training when he hit .306/.447/.417 in 20 games (36 at-bats). He is hitting .236/.345/.319 in 23 games this season with Las Vegas.