Michael Cuddyer is deaf in his left ear due to an illness as a child.
On Sunday, Terry Collins said he’s leaning toward playing Cuddyer in left field with Curtis Granderson in right.
This won’t be an issue for Cuddyer and his hearing, he said.
“Not even in the slightest,” Cuddyer said about if his loss of hearing will hurt his play, according to reporter Jared Diamond (WSJ, March 1).
Cuddyer has played almost exclusively in right field during his time in the outfield.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
I want to believe in Wilmer Flores, and I think he’ll be fine, but it’s so clear watching him and Ruben Tejada that neither is an ideal option in the field. Tejada is more natural, obviously, but even he is not very quick in his movements, throws, footwork, etc… In fact, still, I hear Terry Collins taking shots at Ruben’s speed and hustle, while joking out loud to fans edging the infield. That said, while they made every routine play, it’s just a lot of anxious feet, locked ankles and hard hands…
The data indicates Flores (or whomever is at shortstop) will likely get the least amount of opportunities than any other shortstop in the National League, thanks to the strike-out and fly-ball rates of his pitching staff. And, in games when Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese are pitching, I’m sure Tejada will get the start instead. But, neither is ideal.
Again, I think the net of it will be fine, given Wilmer’s bat, Tejada as a defensive upgrade and the ground ball data, but the downside continues to be massive at such an important position for the Mets.
1) Collins said he’s leaning toward using Michael Cuddyer in left field and Curtis Granderson in right field.
2) The manager reiterated that David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Cuddyer and Granderson will sit out the first two games of spring training.
3) Juan Lagares will lead off on Wednesday, in the first spring training game against the Braves.
4) Lucas Duda is still a week away from swinging in a game due to his left intercostal strain.
5) Zack Wheeler deserves consideration for the Mets opening day starter nod, Collins said.
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
Cliff Floyd is in Mets camp, doing work with SNY. He’ll work a handful of games for the network this year, and as a fan of his it’s great seeing him here, around the team and talking it up with players, especially his old boy David Wright.
Wright spotted Floyd holding Michael Cuddyer‘s bat…
Naturally, Wright started on Floyd, and along came Kevin Long, both pushing him to get in the batter’s box…
Wright offered up his bat and gloves, but Floyd wouldn’t bite…
Oh well, I don’t blame him. It’s too bad, though, despite being 42, he looks to be in great shape and would probably have done some damage had he taken a few cuts. In either case, like I said, it’s just nice seeing him back in the local mix…
March 1, 2015, 9:00 am
New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long already has Daniel Murphy using the lower-half of his body and driving the ball more, the All-Star second baseman told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Saturday night.
“It’s been awesome, to tell you the truth,” Murphy said about working with Long. “He’s got me getting back in to my legs. I have really good hands and eyes, which can sometimes be a detriment with how I attack the ball because I just use my hands and not my lower body. Now I’m really driving my back leg in to the ground, which has made me a little more efficient and given me more time to see the ball and it’s carrying more in batting practice.”
Murphy says he is not concerned with where he hits in the lineup, because, unlike past years, the lineup is so deep, their job is too simply keep the line moving and, “pass along the baton.”
Also on Saturday’s spring training Hot Stove Show, host Steve Gelbs was joined by Cliff Floyd to discuss how teams make the most of a rainy day during Spring Training >> Watch here
Lastly, Mets SS Wilmer Flores discussed his role with the team and his ability to produce at the plate >> Watch here.
March 1, 2015, 8:10 am
Terry Collins said he has no problem with Jays SS Jose Reyes being critical of Ruben Tejada.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with one of your peers challenging you once in a while,” Collins said (Newsday, Mar. 1). “Reyes is a guy who gets ready to play. I think the world of Jose Reyes. Apparently, he may know something I don’t. … They were good buddies when they were here and I think Jose might know some things that I don’t know.”
Reyes critical of Tejada not earning everyday SS job
February 27, 2015, 4:39 pm
Reyes is disappointed to see Tejada miss his chance to take hold of the starting shortstop job for the Mets when he had the chance, he told reporter Anthony Reiber (Newsday, Feb. 27).
“Something’s wrong,” Reyes said, who played with Tejada on the Mets in 2010 and 2011, and he wasn’t referring to the team’s decision-making process. “Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice. What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don’t know if he gets it or not.”
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March 1, 2015, 6:40 am
Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins said Saturday that the Mets were his No. 2 choice for where to be traded this winter by the Phillies, according to reporter Jerry Crasnick (ESPN, Mar. 1).
Rollins, who is eligible for free agency next winter, told Crasnick he believes New York’s future is ‘pretty bright.’
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
This past winter, Rollins told the Phillies he would not approve a trade to the Mets, at least that’s what I heard from people close to the sitiation, as did ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin, which we talked about on stage at NYC Pitch Talks in January with ESPN’s Buster Olney, who heard the same thing. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported something similar as well. Yet, we get the above quote from Rollins six weeks later. So, what gives…
If I had to guess, I’d say either 1), for some sort of PR reason, Rollins is now changing his story, or 2) the Phillies sent signals that Rollins had no interest in the Mets, because THEY – and not the player – had no interest in seeing him traded to the Mets.
I don’t think we’ll ever know the truth. But, what I do believe is that Sandy Alderson had real interest in Rollins, and felt confident that – had he not been traded to the Dodgers by Spring Training – the Mets stood a legit chance of acquiring him early in the season. Obviously, this is no longer possible, since Rollins did get shipped to Los Angeles. But, it could be a small window in to how committed they are to Wilmer’s path through the season…
Rollins won’t waive no-trade clause to come to Mets
December 7, 2014
Rollins won’t waive his no-trade clause to be dealt to the Mets (Heyman, Dec. 7). Rollins considered waiving it if he was to be dealt to the Yankees, but the asking price was too high >> Read more
Jimmy Rollins is pricey, could again be available in May
November 26, 2014
The Yankees had interest in acquiring Rollins, but are moving on since the asking price is too high, according to ESPN’s Jason Stark (Twitter, Nov. 26). The Mets also contacted the Phillies about acquiring Rollins, but he doesn’t want to be traded (Rubin, Nov. 11) >> Read more
Mets infield prospect Matt Reynolds says he’d like to get to the big leagues in 2015, but he knows that is beyond his control, he told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender.
Terry Collins has said Reynolds, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada will equal time early in camp to earn a spot at shortstop on the Opening Day roster.
“I’m really not worried about it, I’m just trying to go out and play to the best of my ability, because whatever happens happens,” Reynolds said, later discussing the difference between his poor 2013 and successful 2014. “I enjoy being around Flores and Tejada, they work hard and whomever comes away with the job will deserve it.”