Note: Back-Up 1B, Easley and Anderson

Over the weekend, 1B-OF Craig Wilson agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds and was invited to spring training.

According to last week’s New York Post, the Mets had interest in Wilson, who hit just .172 in 24 games with the Braves last season.

Additionally, the Padres agreed to terms with 1B Tony Clark on a one-year, $900,000 contract.

…according to my e-mail and eyeballs, there is a large group of Mets fans who are absolutely freaking out over not having a full-time, bona-fide back-up first baseman in camp…and i’m not totally sure whyi mean, it’s not like any option on the free agent market is going to be capable of replacing delgado on a full-time basis should carlos struggle or get injured…so, what’s the difference…at that point, i just as soon have the most well-rounded bench i can find…why lock one person in to one role…

…and so, as it stands, Damion Easley and Marlon Anderson appear to be this team’s back-up first baseman, both of whom have filled in at first during random times over the last few seasons…frankly, they appear to be this team’s back-up every thing

from what i can gather, the Mets had interest in wilson, but also had major questions as to whether he could ever crack the roster…like the team, i also believe that easley, marlon and even Ruben Gotay are better than he is

In a report for FOXSports.com, Ken Rosenthal writes…

“The Mets do not believe Shannon Stewart or Kevin Mench would provide adequate insurance if Moises Alou were injured – Stewart has a below-average arm and Mench is a below-average defender.”

…i think the Mets like the idea of having a collection of bench players who can rotate in and out of the lineup, playing all different positions, giving Willie Randolph a lot of options while keeping his bench players fresh and alert…

 …as i have said, my sense is that if a player like can be had on a minor-league deal, he may be invited to camp…otherwise, it just doesn’t sound like any more guaranteed contracts will be dished out, nor should they…