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First-Of-All

By: Brian Deakyne

On Wednesday, February 10th, the Mets made a move that had to be made, signing first basemen Mike Jacobs for less than a million dollars (900,000). Ironically, Jacobs was the man the Mets traded to add Carlos Delgado prior to the 2006 season. With the acquisition of Jacobs, the Mets have given themselves two serious options at first base: Jacobs or Daniel Murphy.

Mike Jacobs: For this powerful lefty, his playing time will come down to one thing: offense. It's pretty simple. If Jacobs becomes the heavy-hitting power hitting lefty in the lineup, he will see a lot of playing time at first base. His defense is a little suspect, but as far as the Mets are concerned, they need people to hit home runs at Citi Field. Although many are speculating that Jacobs will be, at best, a quality pinch-hitter out of the dugout, he has proven that he does have the skill asset to become an everyday first basemen in New York.

Daniel Murphy: 2009 was a crazy season for this man, who defines the term 'utility player'. Last off-season, Murphy was planning on learning how to play second-basemen in winter ball. Unfortunately, Murphy went down with a torn hamstring and was unable to learn the position. When spring came around, Murphy started the season as the left fielder in New York. After a multitude of injuries, errors, and losses, Murphy became the everyday first basemen for the Mets, as he was virtually the only man left standing from opening day. Still, after last season, Murphy has earned himself a starting spot at the not-so-hot corner--and I expect it to stay that way.

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