Lutz could be an everyday 3B, but he's had issues with health and he's going to be 27 next year.
Upton's value is still extremely high even coming off a down year. They won't settle for anything less when they could get a better package elsewhere.
He still has a slight chance to become something more, but things really don't look bright for him. He's 27 years old with only 11 major league at bats, which haven't been impressive. If he was really that good, they would've brought him up, regardless of him being blocked by Wright or not.
Again, the key thing is that he's 27 years old with only 11 at bats. If he was worth it, he would've been moved to another position by now so he could play more. He's shown he can put up very good numbers at AAA, but he just haven't shown any signs that he could take that and translate it into major league success. It may be a little too early to say that he'll only be a AAAA player, but, in my eyes, he only has a couple of years left to prove that he can be a productive major leaguer.
He's injury prone, so why should I believe that's why he hasn't become that good yet? If anything, that hurts him even more. Why should we take at bats away from Ike, a 1st round draft pick who hit 30 homeruns, even with a horrible start, and give it to a 27 year old, injury prone player who has had only 11 at bats and has shown zero success at the major league level?
Until he proves himself otherwise, whether it be in Spring Training or in the Regular Season, I see him as nothing more than a AAAA player or a back up corner infielder.
Last edited by Claymation; 11-11-2012 at 06:56 PM.
He's had horrible luck with injuries. Multiple concussions, broken fingers, foot surgery, etc.
That is why he's going to be 27 years old with so few AB. Some guys just can't play a position, Lutz cannot play 2B without embarrassing you frequently. Murphy can hardly play 2B.
Saying he's going to be a AAAA player just because of him being 27 with no success in extremely limited AB is just plain idiotic.
How? Lol. The fact is he's only had 11 ML at bats and 21 Spring Training at bats with no success, is 27 years old, and is very injury prone. Tell me why I should be optimistic and believe that Lutz can amount to anything more than a backup.
It's not just that, it's the fact that he's going to be 27 years old, has only had 11 at bats (when there have been opportunities that he could play in the majors i.e. Davis struggling early and Wright being hurt last year), and that he's had an abundant amount of injuries. I don't see how that all adds up to a productive major league ballplayer.
Also, just because it's Spring Training, it doesn't mean they aren't trying. There are moer players playing for their jobs than guys with guarenteed millions. Yes, they're meaningless in some respects, but it doens't mean they should be totally ignored. 1:3 strikeout per at bat ratio, at age 25 and 26, even in 21 "meaningless ST at bats" is nothing to be excited about.
Last edited by MetsFanatic19; 11-11-2012 at 07:18 PM.
I think it was the "R" word that did it.
I don't thikn it's too early. For me, he only has 2 years tops to prove he can do somehting at the major league level.
Looks like I stirred up a hornets nest by bringing up Lutz. IMO the fact that he has been injured so often has limited his development, which may be the reason that he has seemed to struggle at the major league level despite his age. But he hasn't had the opportunity to acclimate himself to big league pitching because he lacks versatility and he is blocked at the two positions where he might get playing time. He'd be much better off if the Mets would trade him to a team that needs more depth at first and/or third, or possibly even DH, like the Rays.
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They really wouldn't get much back for him. Maybe some 23 year old reliever in AA or something like that.
I would just hold onto him in hopes of him bursting out, which I don't think will happen.