Recap: Terry Collins talking Coaches, Bay, Beltran, etc.

This morning on WFAN, Mets manager Terry Collins said they are┬átalking with three to four candidates to be the team’s hitting coach, who they plan to bring in for interviews during the winter meetings next week.

Collins spent roughly 40 minutes in studio, and essentially said:

  • There is a good chance Mookie Wilson will be his first-base coach
  • He is hoping to get Johan Santana back in the rotation by mid-season, ‘hopefully around June.’
  • Dillon Gee showed he can be an effective major-league pitcher if he locates his pitches.
  • Josh Thole has earned a chance to be the every-day catcher.
  • With or without Luis Castillo in camp, second base will be an open competition
  • Jason Bay is ‘ready to go,’ and he will be at mini-camp in January.
  • Sandy Alderson is working hard to bring in a starting pitcher.
  • Collins has been playing phone tag with Carlos Beltran, who he hopes to talk with about getting work in right field.

Collins spent a lot of time talking about work ethic, and it sounds to me like – at least early in camp – Spring Training will be less about performance and results and more about working hard and changing how players go about being prepared.

“If you’re going up against me, you better be ready,” he said, “because we’re gonna be ready for you.”

To listen to the interview, go to WFAN.com.