“There’s a lot of potential there and this is the time to see it,’’ Collins said.
On Friday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com first reported that Flores could get a look at shortstop. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told DiComo that he remains a possibility despite not playing the position since 2011 at the age of 19.
“I don’t think we’d rule it out,” Alderson said in a telephone interview. “Why should we? I think we have to see how Spring Training plays out for him — is there going to be a spot for him in the lineup? Is there not? Is he going to be a bench player for us? Is he going to go to Las Vegas?”
Flores has been participating in a nutrition and agility winter program in Michigan, and the team is hoping the Venezuela-native will make significant strides in his development.
Ruben Tejada has been widely assumed to be the starting shortstop, however many in and out of the organization do not see him as an attractive option as his commitment and focus came into question over the past year.
Flores told MMO back in September that his primary goal this winter was to improve his speed.
(Updated 2/3) (photo US Presswire)