PORT ST. LUCIE — J.D. Davis began last season playing third base, but the Mets aborted that plan early because of a combination of factors.
Significant among them was Davis appeared overmatched at the position. Left field became his new home, and he survived but hardly thrived, allowing the Mets to keep a potent right-handed bat in the lineup.
Davis, who arrived in an unheralded trade with Houston before last season, appeared in 140 games and posted an .895 OPS while emerging as an important piece of the clubhouse fabric.
Now, with spring training underway, the Mets are giving Davis another shot at third base, at least on a part-time basis. It’s a flexibility they may need given the fragility of their infield.
The plan, according to infield coach Gary DiSarcina, is for Davis to practice 50 percent of the time at third this spring — even if his playing time in Grapefruit League action, which begins Saturday, might skew differently.
DiSarcina traveled to Sacramento, Calif., this offseason to work with Davis, imparting a new approach. Instead of crouching, as he was previously at third, Davis was told to stand more upright.
“Every coach had told me to try to stay…