Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Centerfielder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Mets Centerfielder. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Mike Baxter's versatility might land him a roster spot on Mets

Mike Baxter wanted to show his versatility, so he gave the Mets Staff a little scouting report on himself. And center field wasn't at the top of his list.

"I wanted to give them a detailed analysis of what I'd done in the past," Baxter said. "It was right field, then first base, then left field, then center, in order of games played."

Now that injuries to Andres Torres and Scott Hairston have the Mets scrambling to sort out center field options, though, he wants to make sure he wasn't misunderstood.

"I feel good in the outfield. I feel good in center field," he said. "I take reps there. I work hard there. I'm glad I'm having an opportunity to play there, because in the past I've been behind other players. Even if it's just limited time in Spring Training, it's exciting to get a chance to play center, and I think it's important for my style of game to be able to play there."

Matt Den Dekker has a chance to make club with injuries to Torres and Hairston

Matt Den Dekker can see how quickly things can change in Mets camp. As he was transferred to Minor League camp eight days ago and then transferred back Friday, when injuries to center fielders Andres Torres (left calf strain) and Scott Hairston (strained oblique) left the position up in the air. He now has at least a chance to make the team out of Spring Training.

Mets manager Terry Collins is impressed by the fact that den Dekker hit 17 homers between Class A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton last year. The organization believes he's capable of playing defense at the big league level right now, and will be watching closely to see how he progresses offensively. He didn't play against the Braves, but is slated to start Saturday against the Cardinals at Digital Domain Stadium.

If Torres and Hairston are unavailable for Opening Day, Collins said den Dekker is one of several options under consideration.

"He's in the mix," the manager said. "He's a legitimate consideration."

The 24-year-old is just happy to be back in big league camp.

"You want to make the most of your opportunities," den Dekker said. "Try to play the defense I know I can play and get my offensive game going. I've got a little bit of pop, and when I get to a ball, I can hit it out. But more of my game is getting on base. Last year I struck out a bunch [156 times in 539 at-bats], and I'd like to cut down on that a little bit this year. Try to get on base and let the other guys drive me in. Try to cut down my swing a little bit with two strikes. Put the ball in play and use my legs."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

With Andres Torres Injury, Mets scurrying for center field help

Jason Bay could see some CF Action
A new injury to Andres Torres has the Mets reanalyzing their options in center field, with Opening Day nearly two weeks away.

Torres left Tuesday's game against the Nationals in the second inning with a left calf strain, leaving the Mets uncertain of his status going forward. But they do know they have options. Minutes after the game ended, regular left fielder Jason Bay approached manager Terry Collins to offer his services in center field. Collins accepted, with plans to play Bay there later this week.

In addition to Bay, Collins also plans to use Mike Baxter, Adam Loewen and infield prospect Jordany Valdespin in center in the coming days, all to deduce who might be a realistic option at the position come April. None of the four are natural center fielders.

"I'm just trying to figure out what my best fits are," Collins said.

All of that, of course, will become moot if Torres recovers quickly. To that end, the Mets will watch their starting center fielder closely over the next few days, knowing how much time Torres missed last season due to various injuries with the Giants. Torres felt a pull in his left calf while fielding Brett Carroll's line drive in the second inning Tuesday, leading to his early departure.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Andres Torres "Excited" to be with the Mets

Upon receiving word of his trade to New York earlier this week, outfielder Andres Torres thought immediately of his father, a lifelong Mets fan. He thought of his cousins and other relatives spread throughout New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut.

"I'm excited to go to New York," Torres said in a telephone interview. "I grew up in Puerto Rico, but I've got a lot of family there, too."

In that sense, Torres will already have a support system in place when he reports to Flushing for the first time. He also knows trainer Ray Ramirez, his former trainer in Puerto Rico; new reliever Ramon Ramirez, whom the Giants traded along with him; and Johan Santana.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mets likely to keep Angel Pagan and his salary........

The Mets signaled for the first part of the offseason that Angel Pagan likely was out, and that the organization was looking to go in a different direction in center field.

More recently, they have signaled that Pagan will not be non-tendered at the Dec. 12 deadline, meaning he would remain and get a raise from the $3.5 million he made in 2011.

One logical reason for the turnaround was evident Wednesday. David DeJesus, a credible alternative, signed a deal with the Cubs that guaranteed him $10 million over two years. That makes Pagan far more credible for an organization watching its bottom line.
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