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With the Mets recently reviving talks with the Chicago Cubs for Kris Bryant and rumors swirling about other potential third base options for the Mets, acting GM Zack Scott was asked on Friday to discuss the comfort level the team has with J.D. Davis and how they view his positional fit.
"We really like J.D. Davis. He's someone that can really hit and obviously we have him under control for a while," Scott told reporters via Zoom. "He's a very valuable player to our organization. I don't see -- I know there's been a lot of rumors out there. We're gonna always look for ways to improve the team in any way we can. But we're fully comfortable with going into the season with J.D. Davis playing an important role on our club."
It should be noted that while Scott praised Davis, he did not say the Mets were comfortable with him at third base -- instead saying they're comfortable with him playing "an important role."
Unless the omission of third base from Scott's answer was accidental, it seemingly matches with what team president Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason when he noted that Davis was the team's third baseman "for now."
As things currently stand, Davis would be the likely starter at third base.
Other options for third base on the roster include Luis Guillorme and recently-signed Jonathan Villar.
While Davis can provide tons of value with his bat, his defensive shortcomings at third base are hard to overlook.
Davis worked hard at third base during the offseason prior to the 2020 season and throughout spring training last year. But that work didn't translate to games, where he was worth - 8 DRS in 34 games. He was worth -9 DRS at third base in 31 games in 2019.
If you extrapolate the above numbers over a full season, it's easy to see why the Mets are exploring their options at the hot corner.
There's always a chance that something clicks defensively for Davis at third base, but the Mets don't seem to be banking on it. And that's certainly part of the reason why they've recently been connected to Bryant.