Wilmer Flores became the Mets' starting shortstop by default last year, and though he wasn't their preferred choice for all 162 games, he was there at the end. Even though he's cheap and offers rare offensive potential at the position, his defensive shortcomings inspired the Mets to sign Asdrubal Cabrera this offseason, relegating Flores to the bench. He's still an intriguing NL-only option, though. His 16 home runs were tied for ninth-most among shortstops (with less than full-time at-bats, remember), and of the nine, he had far and away the lowest strikeout rate, which suggests his batting average could stand to improve in the years ahead. Really, everything could. He's only 24, so if either Cabrera or new second baseman Neil Walker goes down, Flores could surprise.
Flores worked out at full strength and said he'll be 100 percent for spring training, Marc Carig of Newsday Sports reports. Flores removed his walking boot just over a week ago, so it's a good sign that he's progressing fairly quickly. He'll likely act as a super utility man going forward for the Mets as long as he recovers fully from the injury.
Flores, who fractured a bone in his left ankle after getting hit by a pitch in winter ball on November 26, has shed his walking boot and is working out in the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, ESPN New York reports. Flores is slated to be a super-utility player, seeing time at all four infield positions, following the acquisitions of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera. In addition, he would likely replace David Wright at third base if Wright's bad back forces him out of action for any extended period of time. Flores could end up with 400+ plate appearances, giving him solid value in NL-only leagues and some value in mixed ones.
Flores will not need surgery after fracturing a bone in his ankle while playing winter ball, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Considering it was a non-displaced fracture, Flores is expected to be ready for spring training come 2016. The 24-year-old was in the running for the starting shortstop job, but with the Mets opting to tender a contract to the arbitration-eligible Ruben Tejada, both players now could have the opportunity to win the job outright heading into the regular season.
Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (illness) is in the lineup for Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Flores had been dealing with strep throat and back stiffness to end the regular season, but was able to enter late in Game 2. With Ruben Tejada out for the remainder of the postseason, Flores figures to take over the starting job at shortstop the rest of the way.
Mets infielder Wilmer Flores reported Tuesday his back is feeling better, The Record reports. Flores had been kept out of the lineup the last five games due to back stiffness and strep throat. However, it appears like he will be good to go for the NLDS. Flores will likely be counted on off the bench, with Ruben Tejada slated to get most of the starts at shortstop.