Terry Collins readies opening remarks to Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins will have 30 minutes Monday morning to address his team for the first time in spring training. Now that position players have reported, the Mets can work out as a full squad, giving Collins a chance to speak with the group as a whole.
But as of Sunday afternoon, Collins said he had not decided upon the message he wants to deliver to his players as spring training ramps up.
"I have about three pages of things I want to say and I'm ready to condense it to about half a page," Collins said. "I'm going to sit down tonight and think about some things and tomorrow night, when I get in, make the final judgment of what I really think needs to be said."
Whatever his final message is, Collins said he plans to be mindful of tone.
"I want to treat them like they're good major-league players, which they are," Collins said. "And not make it sound like we have guys in that room that don't belong, because that's not true."
Valverde on back burner
Despite earlier interest, the Mets see Valverde as just one of a group of potential options in case an opening arises. According to the source, the Mets are not actively pursuing Valverde.
Tovar late; Mejia delayed
Infielder Wilfredo Tovar reported to camp Friday night, the day position players were required to report. He was the last position player to arrive in camp. Of the 58 players expected, all but pitcher Jenrry Mejia have reported.
Mejia was flagged for a random age and identity verification, preventing him from obtaining a visa. While the Mets await resolution of his status, Mejia has been throwing at the team's complex in the Dominican Republic.
That's how Wheeler rolls
The Mets staged their annual team-building exercise at a local bowling alley Sunday night. Righthander Zack Wheeler, the team's top pitching prospect, said he intended to bowl. But to protect his arm, Wheeler said he would do so lefthanded.