Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...
- Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
- Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
- There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
- Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
- 3B David Wright will be eased into things and the team will be smart about how hard they push him, but Collins wants to get him into games sooner than last year.
- The signings of LH reilever Jerry Blevins and RH reliever Fernando Salas were huge since they stabilized the bullpen.
- OF Yoenis Cespedes spent the winter "getting himself in tremendous shape" and has an "aura" about him that he's determined to show everybody that he's "as great a player as people talk about."
- The Mets are deeper than they've ever been. "It always seems at the end of spring somebody's always dinged up," Collins said. "Now we've got replacements for them."