The big transition taking place in New York Mets camp this spring involves Wilmer Flores learning how to play second base, but according to MetsBlog.com, the early returns have been positive. Paul DePodesta, the Mets Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, has glowing quotes regarding Flores' ability at second base, not just based on a few days this spring, but also on work he did towards the end of last season and this winter.
Flores' ability to handle second base will go a long way in determining his future with the Mets. If he can't handle second base, then his options would be limited to first base, where his bat would be below average, or left field, where it would be average at best, as his natural third base position is blocked by David Wright in New York.
DePodesta has positive quotes regarding Flores' ability to handle the new position, despite what could be some limited range for the position. Still, if he can handle the double play turn make the routine plays, the Mets will handle below-average range in exchange for what should be an above-average bat at the position.