Once again it’s time to get your daily dose of TRDM’s Mets in the Papers.
One person somewhat familiar with the Mets’ thinking said it’s about “fifty-fifty” whether the team starts the year with Castillo as the second baseman. If it’s not Castillo it may be some combination of Hernandez and another player entirely. Things are that unsettled.
“They all bring something different to the table,” Collins said. “Louie, obviously, one of the things he brings is experience.” Later, in perhaps a more revealing moment, Collins said, “I don’t know what’s going to make the difference, I really don’t.”
Collins wouldn’t name Hernandez as the winner of the job, but also took a pass when offered the opportunity to squash a Post report saying he wants Hernandez starting at second base.
The hobbled right fielder is expected to receive clearance today to resume baseball activities, nine days after incurring tendinitis in his left knee. Beltran has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game this spring as he attempts to strengthen both knees.
Kevin Kernan, “Reyes’ Days With Mets Numbered”
The Mets are way ahead of last year in one respect, their shortstop looks phenomenal. Jose Reyes is the one player the Mets should keep, but they have shown absolutely no inclination of signing him to a deal.
Here’s one nightmare scenario for Team Nightmare: Reyes jumps to the Phillies after the season. Jimmy Rollins is also a free agent after the season. Or maybe the Yankees sign him and make Derek Jeter the DH. It’s all up in the air right now, but he’s likely to be a summer rental.
Enjoy Reyes while you can, Mets’ fans. That blur you see leaving town will be Jose Reyes.