Terry Collins was a guest of Mike Francesa this afternoon on WFAN and had some interesting things to say. Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog recapped most of the interview, but here are some of the attention-grabbers.
He’d like to start trimming down the roster sooner than later, especially with four second baseman competing against one another, and nine relievers battling for two spots in the bullpen.
He would like Daniel Murphy to be on the team, because he’s ‘swinging the bat well’, he’s played third base ‘very well,’ and he gives them a ‘huge option’ as a guy who can play multiple positions with a good bat, not to mention he’s a great teammate and he plays the game as hard as anyone he’s ever seen. Murphy has shown him enough to be considered an every-day second basemen.
It sounds like Collins may be ready to ship Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner off to the Minor League side of camp. It’s too early to cut Luis Castillo and he hasn’t really given the Mets a real reason to cut him yet. Collins is obviously big on Murphy, so he isn’t going anywhere either, and given Brad Emaus’ status as a Rule 5 pick, he should be safe until the final day of camp. The five horse race is about to become a three horse race.
Jason Isringhausen has a real chance to make the team, Chris Young‘s arm is feeling great, Pat Misch, Boof Bonser, Chris Capuano and Dillon Gee are also being considered for the starting rotation.
What seemed like the impossible a few weeks ago is slowly becoming a reality for Izzy who could very well be in the bullpen come Opening Day. That would lessen the odds of Oliver Perez making the team if that happens. I’m told that Taylor Buchholz, D.J. Carrasco and Pat Misch are looking like locks for the bullpen. Throw in K-Rod and Bobby Parnell and the math doesn’t seem to work for Perez.
The team plans to bring Carlos Beltran along slowly, including getting him plenty of days off in April to keep him strong. Willie Harris or Scott Hairston will likely start when Beltran gets a day off.
Another cryptic remark by Collins which would suggest the end of the road for the hot-hitting Lucas Duda and Fernando Martinez. Sadly, it also dooms the chances for Nick Evans making the team and probably spells his last days as a Met.
Ike Davis will have ‘a huge year,’ he’s going to win ‘a lot of Gold Gloves’ in his career, and he’s on his way to being ‘one of the best players in the league.’ Every player on the team believes Jose Reyes will have the best year of his career.
If those two things happen, and there’s no reason why it can’t, it’s going to be a great season in 2011.