We’ve given 369 PA the last two years to Ryan KcKenna, career OPS .595. So I could imagine sending McKenna to AAA and using Mateo as a defensive outfielder in situations where McKenna would have played. Of course, that depends on whether Mateo can play plus defense in the OF.
Roch is continuing to push the defensive LH corner outfielder as a possible remaining acquisition on his daily blog. The free agency market looks to be down to basically just Profar and Peralta, decent vets but not necessarily defense-oriented or worth the cost.
Is this enough of a need to justify making a trade? My guess is they'll address it with MiLB deals, but would people be upset if they took a shot at someone for a mid-tier prospect like Cesar Prieto? Like Hernaiz, there's a good chance he's blocked here. Could he bring them either a defense-first vet or maybe a prospect swap like Dominic Fletcher with the D-Backs (one of their 56 LH corner outfielders)? I only pick him because he looks to be blocked and is known for his defense first. It does look like he's coming off of a strong offensive season in their AA/AAA programs too; maybe not too realistic for Prieto.