Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/19
It’s been an abnormally quiet camp so far for the Mets, and barring an Ike Davis trade or a Stephen Drew signing in the near future, it’s liable to stay that way. That’s just fine for the Mets, who are peacefully going about their business in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The remaining position players not yet in camp must report by the end of Thursday, in advance of the first scheduled full-squad workout Saturday. Other than that, it’s status quo.
What we learned: Fully healthy for the first time in years, Daisuke Matsuzaka began his offseason workout program in mid-October. Matsuzaka is the early front-runner for the Mets’ fifth starter’s job. … Nothing has changed on the Stephen Drew front. Don’t expect the Mets to sign him unless his price comes down significantly.
What we wrote:
- Media glare dimmed, Dice-K goes about business
- Mets signing Drew remains unlikely
- Brown, Valverde play numbers game
Around the league:
- Jeter on retirement: ‘This was the right time’
- Bailey, Reds agree to six-year, $105-million deal
- Healthy Harper moves on from injury that hampered ’13
They said it:
“I’m on vacation.” –Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon, explaining why he did not wish to speak to the media
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