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View Poll Results: What should the Mets do with Mike Baxter?

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  • Keep, has proven to be a solid 5th outfielder for the Mets

    16 84.21%
  • Dump or Trade him

    3 15.79%
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    Mike Baxter

    Vote for what you think the Mets should do with Baxter.

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    Keep. He's a gamer and an actual all around ball player - something this team needs a whole lot more of.
    Go Grab My Belt

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    I was no Baxter fan going into this year, but he is an actual 5th outfielder/bench player that has some offensive value, so keep him.


    Many times these guys are Joe McEwing ****** on offense, but somehow keep a job because they can be ****** at multiple positions.

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    As long as he's solely a bench player/pinch hitter, then keep. He plays hard and is a local kid. It's always good to have one of those, especially with the new players coming in every year.

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    Yeah, 175 at bats is the max you want for a guy like him, anything more and is too much.

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    He's extremely useful. He can play good defense in the OF. He has some speed. He plays the game hard. And he can hit.

    You don't want a guy like this overexposed, but if you keep use him correctly, he's invaluable.
    Go Grab My Belt

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    You never know, he could be a platoon guy. He plays solid defense in a corner, has 10 HR pop, hits a ton of line drives, draws his walks and runs well. Sounds like our best option for lead-off.

    He had a .337 wOBA with 114 wRC+ as he was a 1.2 WAR player in 212 PA.
    Last edited by YoungStuna; 10-16-2012 at 11:08 PM.

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    Trade him while he has value, Sorry Mike from whitestone, this business is harsh! LOL

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    I have no problem keeping Baxter or Hairston; but what worries me about either one is how much Terry Collins plays them...Mets basically played with 5 or 6 "4th or 5th Outfielders" this season, with no real "starting" caliber OFer...

    Hairston hits a lot of HRs & hits LHP well, but if he's one of our starting 3 OFers on a daily basis that means that we are going nowhere...he's a weak OFer, and not particularly a good hitter vs RHP, and isn't overly fast either...

    and I realize that Terry may not have had a lot to work with, but IMO he became just a little too enamored with Baxter...
    Last edited by vtmet; 10-16-2012 at 11:45 PM.

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    Keep. He plays his heart out.

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    As was said earlier, to play our 5th outfielder as a 3rd outfielder is over exposure. Pretty soon everyone has his number and you see why he's a 5th outfielder.
    " You seek Yoda!

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    one thing to consider with Baxter:
    is the real Mike Baxter, the guy that hit .228 with a .351 Slugging Percentage in the 2nd half? Or the guy that hit .323 with a .523 Slugging Percentage prior to getting injured?

    Was his first 1/2 performance a "career" moment like Torres's "career" moment that season the Giants won the WS? aka, just a fluke of nature...

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    Point well taken.
    " You seek Yoda!

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    Baxter is an excellent 4th outfielder.

    The problem is that an excellent 4th outfielder on a team that has no starting left fielder, center fielder, or right fielder tends to become a mediocre.
    "Mr. Martin Tanner, Baritone, of Dayton, Ohio made his Town Hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it consistently interesting. Full time consideration of another endeavor might be in order."

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    Baxter walked 11.9% of the time and had the 2nd highest obp on the Mets.
    Only Wright (12.1%) and Torres (12%) walked at a higher percentage and Wright had a highe obp.

    Throw in the fact that he makes the league minimum, he is exactly what Moneyball is all about.
    Make it happen Omar.


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