Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Michael Mayer @themainemets - Former Met Jairo Perez has signed w/ Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen (Mexican League). Played for Binghamton, Las Vegas, and St. Lucie in 2015.
Mack – Perez is another example of certain Mets minor league players that seem to perform at a decent level but just never get a chance to get to the big league level. Here, we got a guy that has a lifetime minor league batting average over five seasons of .302 and he played last year at 27-years old. What exactly has this guy done wrong?
You know me. I’m a results over stat line kind of guy and I just don’t know how you can determine guys like T.J. Rivera, Matt Reynolds, Danny Muno, etc. can’t make it at the major league level unless you give them a shot.
Or, at least bring him back for another season in your system… but, what do I know.
Terry Collins had his first press conference of the young season. He mentioned that he did notice the low projections some press has projected for the 2016 season. He also said that the fans response in the off-season by the fans to what the Mets did in 2015 and what they are doing pre-2016 is ‘off the charts’.
Strangely, he said he had no plans on talking to David Wright until sometime next week. This was the same thing that Sandy Alderson said yesterday. Is Wright off limits for some reason?
Collins said that ‘the best pitching staff in baseball is the healthiest’. His pals are to expand the rotation to a 6-man squad when Zack Wheeler returns ‘for a while. He also said that Sean Gilmartin and Rafael Montero will get some springs starts which probably means that they are both just being stretched out for the Vegas rotation.
What’s a Terry Collins press conference without a WTF moment… he said the Mets might experiment playing Matt Reynolds in the outfield.
He said he was unsure how many at bats either Juan Lagares or Alejando De Aza will get this season other than your usual days off that other players get from time to time. He did say that everyone loved how Lagares got in shape during the off season.
Collins made it very clear that Travid d’Arnaud is the number one catcher, but he also wasn’t sure how many days a week he would play there (four or five) and he also said he will keep a first baseman glove in his locker… however, the clear backup first baseman will be Wilmer Flores.
Thoughts – This is Collins just serving up the plate for spring training. There’s nothing earth shattering here except for the Reynolds mention for the outfield. You do hope that De Aza doesn’t have a Twitter account. First you get traded to the Mets to replace Yoenes Cespedes, they the Mets resign Cespedes, then your manager says he has no idea how many innings you’ll get in the game during the season, and lastly you read that some minor league shortstop might be used in the outfield.
Donald Trump had a better day with the Pope comments.
The Detroit Tigers signed RP Bobby Parnell to a minor league deal.
Mack – Parnell was one of the last Mets left from when I was allowed in the clubhouse. I wish him well, his time was over here and the Mets have moved on. In addition, on a personal note, I really didn’t think he was much of a positive influence in the clubhouse. Sort of a snob really. Anyway, still the best to him.
Andrew Vazzano @AVSNY - Lucas Duda has watched throw home in World Series. Knows he had him dead to rights. Will learn from it, grow from it. "Will fuel me," he said.
Mack – I’m sure Duda has watched the replay a number of times. It truly was painful to watch and, yes, it was a routine play for a major league first baseman.
This was only one example of the criticism Jon Niese had for the Mets infield, but the real problem here was this game should never have come down to that throw. The Mets had the lead early and should have gone on to the next game. The pitching blew this game, not Duda.