Marlon Byrd can win an outfield job outright according to manager Terry Collins. I would probably say he is the best outfielder they have so not too surprising here. He said it wouldn’t be a platoon that he could win it outright. He was a very good player that was an All Star only a couple of years ago, he could be their right fielder. Lucas Duda will be the left fielder.
It has rained in Port St. Lucie the last two days so any work had to be done inside. Terry Collins told reporters yesterday that it is possible the Mets put a C on David Wrights jersey. However in either case, this is his team and he is the face of it. He is the captain Collins said. Does he have to have a C on his jersey Collins was asking rhetorically well number two doesn’t referring to Derek Jeter. I don’t think it matters as he is the leader, the best player on the team and the captain if it is official or not.
The Mets really seem to have a great find in Travis D’arnaud, there are a couple of articles about him today. MLB.com had one and the New York Times also. Wally Backman wants to be a manger still but said he will stay cool as Terry Collins is in the last year of his deal. Backman will be in Las Vegas managing the AAA team.
Zach Wheeler is entering camp with the same determined attitude that Matt Harvey had last year and he is supposed to be better. I would expect to see him by June or July at the latest. Colin Cowgill has a chance to win a job and he is being compared to Lenny Dykstra. The Mets can only hope he comes anywhere near that, if he does he will probably be their center fielder and they would love that excitement that is brought to the ballpark.
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