With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.
But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.
"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."
While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season.
Travis d'Arnaud is facing a pivotal point of his career. After struggling mightily last year, d'Arnaud entered the offseason knowing he had to improve on both his offense and his defense in order to stay in the lineup. Alderson told SNY that he is aware of the immense pressure on the 28-year-old.
"There is a lot on his shoulders, and I've already had a talk with him to make sure that doesn't become too overwhelming," Alderson said. "For a guy who reportedly needs to improve offensively and defensively, it's a big ask."
Unlike last season, the Mets now have a catching instructor on their staff to work with both d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki. Glenn Sherlock was hired away from the Diamondbacks in order to help New York's catchers, and Alderson is confident the hiring will prove to be successful.
"But Glenn Sherlock is a new coach on the staff, and he's working very hard with Travis, as well as the other catchers. I'm very optimistic about Travis," Alderson said.