One thing that the New York Mets have valued under GM Sandy Alderson's watch is versatility. Alderson's approach to roster building is all about maximum flexibility, and players who can fill multiple roles give Alderson multiple options to improve the team. Josh Satin has taken his GM's approach to heart this offseason. Satin has begun to learn how to play the outfield, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports on Twitter.
Satin, 28, has never played the outfield in his professional career. Satin had a strong season for the Mets in 2013, hitting .279 with three home runs and 17 RBI's while being a right handed platoon option at first base. Satin also filled in at third base while David Wright was recovering from a hamstring injury, but Satin's clearest path to playing time has been at first base. Ike Davis' struggles opened the door for Satin to get a shot, and Satin proved that he is a strong option against southpaws. Satin hit .317 against lefties and only .250 against righties, making him a desirable platoon candidate for either Davis or Lucas Duda at first base this season.
By learning the outfield, Satin is trying to give himself an opportunity to earn more at bats. The Mets seem pretty set in the outfield right now, with Curtis Granderson in left, Juan Lagares in center, and Chris Young over in right. Eric Young Jr and Matt den Dekker figure to have the inside track on backup roles, but Young can also be utilized as a backup infield. If Satin can successfully learn how to play a corner outfield spot, manager Terry Collins will have more options to mix and match with late in games. Satin is receiving help from an old friend in his quest to become more versatile. Former Met Marlon Byrd, who lives near Satin, has volunteered to help Satin diversify his skills. Byrd played with New York last season before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates in August and signed a two year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies this winter.
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