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Wilmer Flores will get time at SS this spring

Wilmer Flores will play some games at shortstop this spring, Terry Collins announced Friday in St. Lucie.

Collins said last week that he will also use Flores at second and third base (Kernan, Feb. 4).

Team reports indicate Flores improved his agility and quickness at this winter’s strength and fitness camp.

“If that’s the case,” Collins said, “I want to see it.”

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Duda will see time in the OF, Collins impressed with Ike

The majority of Lucas Duda‘s time in the field this spring will be at first base, but he may also get some time in the outfield, Terry Collins said Friday in St. Lucie.

Collins and Sandy Alderson have repeatedly said Duda and Ike Davis will compete for the team’s staring first base job.

In the end, “If Lucas and Ike hit the way we know they can, we’ll figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup,” Collins said.

According to multiple reports, if Duda wins the starting job, Davis will either be demoted or traded. In the event Davis wins the job, Duda could be demoted, but may also stay on the big-league bench as a left-handed power bat and extra outfielder.

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Today, Collins wants Eric Young Jr. at the top of the lineup

Terry Collins says the Mets have three guys in camp that can play center field, he told reporters Friday in St. Lucie.

Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. will all compete for the starting outfield, which will mostly be determined by who hits best in spring training, Sandy Alderson said on WFAN earlier this week.

“As we sit here today, Eric Young is the guy you want to see at the top of the lineup,” Collins said. “We know what happens when he gets on, we score runs.”

In the event Eric Young does not hit leadoff, Collins said last week that Chris Young or Ruben Tejada could end up in the top spot (New York Post, Feb. 10)…

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Collins: ‘We’re going to be better’

“We have a completely different lineup,” Terry Collins said in his first press conference of the year on Friday.  “We’ve made some good off-season additions and we’re going to be better.”

Collins pointed to Curtis Granderson and Chris Young as players who will replace Marlon Byrd’s 2013 season.

“I think you’re talking about two middle of the lineup guys we can put in there with David Wright,” Collins said.

Not having Matt Harvey for the season obviously won’t help, but a guy like Bartolo Colon could replace some of what the team lost.

“Bartolo is an old pro he knows how to prepare. He’s going to bring that to the table for our young players. They will turn to him,” Collins said.

The free agent additions, plus some steps forward by the younger players, has Collins excited for the upcoming year.

“We think 2014 is going to be a good year for us,” the manager said. “We’ve got some guys that need to step up.”