Mookie Wilson to remain in Mets organization

The Mets announced that Mookie Wilson will remain in the Mets organization in a role that includes both baseball and business duties.

Wilson is in camp working with both major and minor leaguers, and will work with the organization’s minor league affiliates during the regular season.

On the business side, Wilson will be a club ambassador representing the Mets at sponsorship and charitable events in spring training and the regular season.

“I look forward to both roles,” Wilson said in a statement. “I am glad to be back. I will get a chance to work with the players in the spring and during the year. Plus, I will be able to look at some of our younger players, which I love doing.

Video: Jeurys Familia bullpen session today in PSL

“Familia has impressed me on a lot of different fronts,” Paul DePodesta recently told MiLB.com. “For such a young guy, I’m impressed with his mental discipline and mental focus in addition to the stuff. All these guys have electric stuff, and that jumps out at you right away.”

However, earlier this month, ESPN.com’s Keith Law left Familia off his Top 100 list, saying, “If I thought there was any chance he could start, he would have made the list, but he’s headed for the bullpen with a plus fastball and not enough command or secondary stuff to remain in the rotation.”

Familia was mostly rated the team’s third best pitching prospect behind Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler as top prospect lists were published during the last few months.

Nevertheless, last week, Sandy Alderson told reporters it was unlikely that Harvey, Wheeler, or Familia would be on the team’s big league roster early in 2012.

Vote: Will the Mets win more or less than 70.5 games?

In this video for MLB.com, David Wright says:

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Today in Las Vegas, the Under-Over line for Mets wins is 70.5, which would be good for last place in the NL East this season.

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Johan Santana's tossed a 29-pitch bullpen session today

Johan Santana threw a 29-pitch bullpen session this, pictures of which you can see here, here and here, and watch a short video here.

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Later, Santana told reporters that they did not have a radar gun on him to track velocity, but he feels the ball was coming out of his hand very well.

He would not say if will be ready to be the team’s Opening Day starter. Instead, he added, “Hopefully toward the end of spring we’ll have a better idea if I can be there.” Right now, he says, the goal is to work back, stick to the plan and be patient.

“I’ve been through a lot the last couple of years,” he explained. “It’s exciting to be back on the field.”

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To hear Santana talk about today’s bullpen session, click the play button below:

Recap: Terry Collins' press conference from PSL

This morning at Digital Domain Park, Terry Collins spoke with reporters and said keeping Johan Santana healthy and getting him ready for Opening Day is the key to Spring Training.

According to Collins, it might be necessary to give Santana an extra day off during the year, and he will definitely have extra days off in April due to the added off-days on the schedule.

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In addition to his comment on Johan, Collins said:

  • Barring anything unforeseen, he expects Daniel Murphy to be the starting second baseman heading into the regular season.
  • There will be competitions for bullpen spots, the backup catcher, and on the bench this Spring.
  • The Mets are better than people think, though they might have the youngest roster in baseball.
  • Even though it’s New York, it’s going to be important for people to remain patient as the organization develops talent from within.
  • Ruben Tejada has the chance to be a special player.
  • It’s important to get off to a fast start, both for the team and the fans.
  • The new dimensions at Citi Field should serve as a mental lift for the offense.
  • He loves the bullpen additions of Ramon Ramirez, Jon Rauch, and Frank Francisco.
  • It would be beneficial to have a second left-handed reliever in the bullpen, but Ramirez’s ability to get lefties out should not be taken for granted.

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To see a live blog of each question and answer, To read more of this story, click here

The latest news, notes & quotes from Port St. Lucie

9:45 am: Mookie Wilson has decided to remain with the Mets organization, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. He will work as a roving minor league instructor.

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9:41 am: While Jenrry Mejia was hopeful he would throw off a mound today, that session will likely wait so the team can evaluate his progress to date, says Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

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9:35 am: “This club has more potential than that club,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said, in regards to how the 2012 Nationals compare to the 80′s Mets. “It just has a lot more gifted athletes.”

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9:32 am: “Ruben Tejada doesn’t have his visa yet,” according to Newsday’s David Lennon, who says Tejada is meeting with the Panama embassy on Wednesday.

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9:30 am: Adam Loewen and 2B prospect Reese Havens arrived to camp today, although position players do not need to officially report until Saturday.

Links to Read: Who is Rauch, Niese's nose & more Madoff

To read a profile of Jon Rauch, check out this post from Mike Kerwick in the Bergen Record.

Pitching prospect Zack Wheeler was not invited to Spring Training. However, he worked out with the big-league team yesterday and talked to Andrew Keh of the New York Times about fan expectations of him, which you can read more about here.

To read quotes from Jon Niese on how a nose job inspired by Carlos Beltran improved his breathing and workouts, read this report from David Lennon of Newsday.

In the New York Times, Richard Sandomir writes about how Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz used bank loans to invest with Bernie Madoff, which you can read more about here.

To read about how Mets equipment manager Kevin Kierst redecorated the clubhouse in hopes of connecting Terry Collins’ team to Mets squads of the past, check out this post from Marty Noble.