Thursday, February 10, 2011
Mets will have a open competition at 2B this spring
Eddie D'Anna of SiLive.com gives us his odds:
Dan Murphy (4 to 1)
Forgotten man after the injuries, but he's scrappy, hit .313 his rookie season then rebounded from a sophomore slump to hit .282 the second half of 2009. No defensive whiz, but second base should prove a little less jarring than left field.
Luis Castillo (8 to 1)
GM Sandy Alderson says salary means nothing here and we'll take him at his word. At 35, Castillo's lower half has been beaten down by injuries. I'll be surprised if he can hold off three hungry, young hitters.
Brad Emaus (9 to 1)
He's patient at the plate and has pop -- two things this front office likes. Don't underestimate that. Former Blue Jays farmhand also has an ally in ex-Toronto GM and current Sandy Alderson lieutenant JP Ricciardi.
Justin Turner (15-1)
The 26-year-old has a .309 minor league batting average, can field the position and needs a break. But he'll have to answer questions as to why he's on his third organization and why he hasn't gotten his chance yet.
If I had to make a prediction I would say the Mets go with the platoon of Emaus/Murphy over Castillo or Turner. But Castillo's OBP can't be overlooked and Turner's ability to hit might make him a contender.
But lets see who makes a impact during the spring....