As Newsday reported on Sunday, Keith Hernandez will tutor Daniel Murphy this spring, and the two already have begun working out at the team's minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie. Hernandez, an 11-time Gold Glove winner, lives in nearby Jupiter and spends plenty of time around the Mets anyway as an SNY analyst.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

With Carlos Delgado unable to move well enough, the Mets have shelved their attempts to sign him, and a person familiar with the team's thinking also said that Adrian Gonzalez never was open for discussion with the Padres. Instead, the team was forced to turn to Murphy, and getting Hernandez to help him defensively should make a difference.

The Mets believe that Murphy did a decent job after his abrupt switch from leftfield to first base, and with a full spring training under his belt, they think he should be more than adequate at the position.