Cutnpaste: - Jose, Scott Hairston, Tom Glavine, Jeurys Familia, and Kevin McReynolds


"I'm anxious for the baseball season to start," Reyes said in an interview with ESPNdeportes.com. "I want to be already in spring training. Last year was a very difficult season for me, but physically and mentally I feel ready to have the best showing of my career in 2011." Reyes, who lives on Long Island, has been training at an indoor facility. He was happy to hear Collins publicly tab him as the Mets' leadoff man, in contrast to former manager Jerry Manuel, who tried to hit him third. - .espn.

Scott Hairston:

Hairston, 30, hit .210 with a .295 OBP, 10 HR, 36 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 104 games for the Padres last season. In his seven-year career, he’s played all three outfield positions and second base. He’s a decent player, who will probably be brought in on a minor-league deal, like Willie Harris, which is fine. I mean, he’s a good athlete, he can fill in at all three spots, which will be important on this roster, and, if he gets in to a hot streak, he can be surprisingly productive. It’s also worth noting he battled a hamstring injury most of last year, and I was just told by a scout that he’s a far better defensive outfielder than I will likely give him credit for being. -


Tom Glavine:

It was an unfortunate final performance on many levels, particularly as one that permanently soured Glavine’s time with the Mets. After a slow start, he became the team’s de facto ace for much of 2006 and 2007, and was by most accounts a good human being and father. He should have been easy to root for, and had he spend the first 16 years of his career in, say, San Francisco instead of Atlanta, his time with the Mets might be remembered differently. He might have even been beloved, or at least “not bitterly hated.” - patrickfloodblog  

Jeurys Familia:

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/1/17/1939161/mets-farm-system-top-5-sleepers  - Ok I did say these would be guys you wouldn't really know about, wouldn't find in Top 20's. And you probably know Familia and he's probably still making Top 20's. But coming off his 2010 which looked a lot like a down year, the hype wave he was riding after his breakout '09 seems to have quelled quite a bit and at this point he's almost an afterthought. But I feel it's important to talk about him here because I'm still holding my surf board, you know why? If you look past the higher ERA in '10 - his FIP only went from 3.16 to 3.89 - and the lack of control - according to reports and Familia himself, he was urged by coaches to throw more changeups walks be damned - you'll see one if not THE strongest, livest arms in the the entire system. This is a kid who added a couple of ticks to a fastball that already touched the mid-90's, significantly increased his K% & GB% and will still only be 21 this season, on the verge of Double-A. I for one am still looking for that big-time breakout campaign from Familia, just a year later than we all expected.

Kevin McReynolds:

Even though they traded Kevin Mitchell – who would win the 1989 NL MVP – for McReynolds, he was steady on both sides of the ball. Perhaps his personality was the reason some fans complain about that deal, but Mitchell came into his own as McReynolds began to decline. Had an MVP type season in 1988 with the important task of protecting Darryl Strawberry in the lineup. Without his production the Mets best hitter would have rarely gotten an opportunity to punish the opposition. Probably the best defensive left fielder in team history, with a good arm to boot. It would be fun watching him man Citi Field in his prime. - NYBD  


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