Sep 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) waves to the fans after a game at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins talks Mets


With the first official day of Spring Training getting underway, many media members are already asking managers what their intentions are as far as lineups and positions go.

Terry Collins was one of those, and Adam Rubin of ESPN.com has been tweeting out what Collins says. Some of the bigger tidbits include decisions on the closer role, the lead-off position, and what to do with stand-out Juan Lagares.

Collins let on that 2013′s closer Bobby Parnell has already thrown off of a mound for the first time since undergoing herniated disk surgery and has been feeling great. Last year, after the surgery, Parnell was replaced by LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins signed with the Rockies this off season. Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have been brought on for bullpen depth as well, but Collins said he is sticking with Parnell as the 9th-inning man.

As far as lineups and middle infield go, Collins did not indicate anything is on hold while free agent shortstop Stephen Drew waits to make a decision, but he did say that the starting shortstop role has not been decided yet. It had been speculated that the job belonged to Ruben Tejada, but the skipper said that there will be competition from returning infielder Omar Quintanilla and Wilmer Flores. Also, Collins indicated that internal candidate Anthony Seratelli is in the lead to be the backup middle infielder.

Juan Lagares, who would seem to be a great option at the lead-off spot, may end up either as a bench player or in the minor leagues. Right now, Collins is looking towards slotting Eric Young, Jr. as the lead-off hitter, with Ruben Tejada and new Met Chris Young as other options.

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