I’ve been thinking the same thing. I mean, I hate to judge, because who knows, maybe they have something important going on in their personal lives, etc., that preclude them from attending these voluntary workouts? Then again, it’s not news that these two are VERY close to being cut from the roster, so you’d think they’d make whatever arrangements they could to get down there early.
I guess the reality is, Collins knows who they are and what they’re about and what they’re earning in salary. There is no first impression. He’s aware, Sandy Alderson is aware, we’re all aware, and, in the end, it’s not going to be about when they got to camp, but how well they do once they get there. I mean, if the Mets need a left-handed reliever and Mike O’Conner, Tim Byrdak or Taylor Tankersley tank it, and Ollie genuinely outperforms them, whether he was at early workouts or not, he’ll probably be the guy who makes the cut.