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The Mets’ outfield has been an issue since before the season. GM Sandy Alderson answered “What outfield?’’ in answer to a question about the outfield in winter.
Ankiel to OF, Duda to 1B, and Davis to AAA?
Agents: Scott Boras [*]
Mets manager Terry Collins said the lefty-hitting Ankiel and righty-hitting rookie Juan Lagares will platoon in center field. That's a blow to Jordany Valdespin, whom Collins said may play some second base if Daniel Murphy continues to struggle.
Outfielder Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and right-hander Jenrry Mejia was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear room for Ankiel.
That's a blow to Jordany Valdespin, whom Collins said may play some second base if Daniel Murphy continues to struggle.
New York Post
Mets' Valdespin paid back for show-off home run
By DAN MARTIN
Last Updated: 12:37 PM, May 12, 2013
Terry Collins wondered aloud what was in store for Jordany Valdespin after he stared at his ninth-inning homer on Friday against the Pirates.
“Will they throw at [Valdespin]? I have no idea,” the Mets manager said. “Fifteen years ago, the answer would have been yes. I can’t say that’s gonna happen in today’s game.”
Collins got his answer in the seventh inning yesterday, when reliever Bryan Morris drilled Valdespin, who was pinch-hitting.
After getting hit in the right forearm, Valdespin walked slowly to first base, carrying his bat more than halfway down the line. When he went back to the dugout, he fired his helmet into the corner.
Valdespin, no stranger to controversy, declined to answer questions about what happened. Instead, he said through a team spokesman: “It’s done with. I’m not gonna address it.”
“They threw at him,” Collins said. “I knew they might. It’s part of the game. He’s got to go up there and do what he did. I respect the way he handled it, went to first and is ready to play again.”
Although Morris and Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle didn’t say there was intention, everyone anticipated the situation.
“We all knew coming in to today that the Pirates could have taken it one way and I think Jordany understood that,” David Wright said. “It’s a learning process. You know what you’re getting in Jordany: A very talented player who has a knack for getting those big hits. Sometimes he shows that charisma and flair and I think that upsets some people.”
Clearly, it upset the Pirates.
As for why he threw a tantrum in the dugout, the Mets chose to believe the simplest explanation.
“He was just mad it happened,” Wright said. “I’m sure he was hoping it wouldn’t. ... I think he knows we have his back.”
But Valdespin has irked the organization repeatedly, which is why Wright, Collins and other have chatted with him and no doubt will again.
“I think he gets a bad rap, sometimes unfairly,” Wright said. “Obviously, he’s made some mistakes in the past. ... He doesn’t need to change the person he is. I think toning some of it down might be appropriate.”
Valdespin is young and athletic and not horrible, so my preference would be to give him at-bats over veterans like Ankiel. Are the Mets even pretending that they might be competitive this year?
I don't get why they'd bury Valdespin.
Ankiel should be a defensive replacement
Ankiel should be a defensive replacement and the type of guy you pinch hit with two outs and nobody on to see if he hits a home run.
He looked good in the OF with the Nats, and still had a heck of an arm. Small Sample Size, of course. If he isn't good enough anymore to do that there isn't much point to him.
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