Frank Francisco their closer still has an inflamed elbow and will not be throwing as of yet. Bobby Parnell will be the closer for now. I would expect that to stay that way, why not if you are rebuilding you have to go with the young guy and give him a full chance.
Terry Collins discussed the outfield today. He told Mike Francessa on WFAN that Lucas Duda will be the left fielder every day. He said the other two outfield positions are up for grabs. Jordany Valdespin is a candidate. Collins said he mostly played outfield in winter ball and he gives the team a lot of options. He also said Justin Turner and Zach Lutz will see time in the outfield this spring. Collins thinks Lutz and Andrew Brown are legitimate candidates for a bench spot but he believes Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill have the best ability to cover ground in the outfield.
Collins said he heard a lot in the minor leagues about all I want is a chance. He said he is telling these guys now well guess what you got your chance. He said there are a lot of jobs to be taken and the young guys have a real chance to step up and make a name for themselves.
The Mets pitching staff is pretty good. They have Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey and Shaun Marcum. They have added some veterans to the bullpen like LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon. Parnell will be the closer to start, Josh Edgin looked pretty good last year. They have no real outfielders right now though and catcher is a problem although they have John Buck and Travis D’arnaud will be with the team sooner then later.
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