Cutnpaste: – Mike Piazza, Jose Reyes, Chris Young, Justin Turner

Mike Piazza:

The role fits his desire to remain in the game, but not consumed by it. His job with Team Italy is part-time. As an owner, he figures, he can aid a club both on and off the field. Two of his former employers, the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, are dealing with ownership woes right now. The McCourt divorce case has ensnared the Los Angeles franchise in turmoil. And back in New York, the Wilpons face a $1 billion lawsuit and other troubles related to their involvement with Ponzi scheme operator Bernie Madoff


Jose Reyes:

For Reyes it is all about staying healthy, because if he does that there is no questioning his abilities. He has always been one of the elite stolen base threats in the league and, even if the Mets do rein him in a bit in an effort to keep from injury, you would think that he is still a lock for at least 35. In CitiField it wouldn’t be surprising to see him hit 35 doubles and 17+ triples to go along with 10-15 HR. That type of production, with David Wright and company waiting to drive him in, would also lead to a significant number of runs. They are dynamic numbers and certainly would lead to a big, fat payday. However, if he misses time for a third straight season there could be teams that shy away from him due to durability concerns.


Chris Young:

It is that sort of work that provides assurance to the Mets as Young continues to work his way into shape this spring. In two starts he has yet to allow an earned run in five innings, pitching three innings with one unearned run, two hits and one walk Friday as the Mets beat the Marlins, 4-3. Yet if you listen to him describe his outing, velocity was good, not great. The command of his pitches was a bit of a struggle. Add it up and maybe from a distance the description doesn’t sound all that different from Oliver Perez a day earlier.


Justin Turner:

Turner, 26, notched his first hit of the spring, an opposite-field liner that ticked off the glove of Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez. That raised Turner’s average to .083, behind Murphy (.273), Castillo (.200) and Emaus (.167). One cannot read too deeply into a dozen spring at-bats. But each one counts for Turner. He remains on the outside of the second-base race and Collins plans to trim the field by March 14.



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