Mets News and Notes: Montero, Pitcher 8th?, Mets Value, Parnell, Murphy, Lefty in Pen, Cuddyer/Granderson, Wheeler
Montero Makes the bullpen
Rafael Montero officially remains in a competition with Dillon Gee for the fifth starter's job. However, Mets officials acknowledge Gee is highly likely to get the rotation nod, and Montero likely is ticketed for relief at the major league level to begin the season.
Asked where Montero fits in, Collins said Wednesday: "On the team -- somewhere."
Montero suggested he is fine with any role.
"Minor leagues I was a starting pitcher," Montero said through an interpreter. "Now, in the big leagues, I'm ready to pitch. … In the minor leagues, I want to start. That's in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that's their decision."
Pitcher to bat 8th?
Manager Terry Collins said he plans to bat Matt Harvey eighth on Friday when the New York Mets face the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter.
As first reported by the Post, that would give Collins an opportunity to use Juan Lagares as the No. 9 hitter, in a "second leadoff" spot. And it would mean a top of the order of Curtis Granderson No. 1, followed by David Wright No. 2.
The Mets started the pitcher in the No. 8 slot 10 times last season. Jacob deGrom got five starts there and Jon Niese four starts because they are the most capable with the bat.
Forbes values the Mets at $1.35 Billion
The New York Mets are worth $1.35 billion, which ranks seventh in Major League Baseball, according to the latest annual rankings from Forbes.
The franchises that are more valuable than the Mets, according to the magazine:
1. New York Yankees, $3.2 billion
2. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.4 billion
3. Boston Red Sox, $2.1 billion
4. San Francisco Giants, $2.0 billion
5. Chicago Cubs, $1.8 billion
6. St. Louis Cardinals, $1.4 billion