PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - It was probably no coincidence Wednesday that David Wright, Jose Reyes and some other early arrivals took batting practice on Field 7, which has the same dimensions as Citi Field. The fence is of the chain-link variety, but otherwise the heights are the same. And no, the centerfield fence is still 16 feet high, even though it is to be cut in half in Queens.
Wright belted only five home runs at Citi last season and there was a noticeable difference in his approach Wednesday. Rather than the opposite-field approach of last season, Wright was more out front in attack mode, which resulted in him pulling the ball deep to left.
Again, this was only batting practice, but Wright crushed a few home runs well over the high leftfield wall. Trend or not, the majority of his hits were to the left of center, even if Wright dismissed any talk of major alterations for the coming season.
"I can't necessarily go in and say I'm going to work on hitting more home runs or trying to hit for more power," Wright said. "I guess it's a part of my game, but it's not the part of my game. I'm going to try to really find something I feel comfortable with, stick with it, and really try to get a solid base, a solid foundation, going into the season."
Wright also looked more comfortable with Reyes next to him again during infield practice. "It's always fun to be around Jose," Wright said, "and then having that kind of talent and knowing that he's to the left of you kind of puts your mind at ease knowing that there's going to be a lot of energy day in and day out."
Bullish on Barajas?
The Mets were still talking to free-agent catcher Rod Barajas, 34, Wednesday with the goal of getting him into camp on a minor-league contract.