PORT ST. LUCIE – Jeff McNeil has not been officially announced that he is the Mets' third daily baseman, but is preparing for this opportunity.
McNeil trained on the left last spring, but was relegated to third place earlier this season due to injuries from Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie. Frazier returned to become the primary third baseman, with McNeil mostly out of the field. Now McNeil is the best option for Mets in third place – a position that he expects to be less physically demanding than the outfield.
"Just knowing a little where you will be every day, you will be in third place, you kind of know what it takes," said McNeil on Monday. "[You] I know how your body feels and we have great training staff who help me to do it all. I look forward to it. "
McNeil fought for the NL championship most of last season, but a late slump lowered his average from the .340s to .318. Nevertheless, McNeil brought surprise pop to the lineup with 23 Homers.
"I think I was kind of two different hits last year," said McNeil. "I mean, nothing I've done has changed, it's just that. I have slightly more home runs in the second half than in the first. I got a slightly higher average in the first, but nothing changed. I only have one type of what happened, so we'll see how it is this year. "
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon made a statement after the failed negotiations between Sterling Partners and Steve Cohen, who was trying to become the majority owner of the team.
"At the beginning of the spring training, we would like to provide additional information on behalf of the owner that explains why the proposed transaction was ended," said Wilpon. “However, due to confidentiality and confidentiality agreements, we are currently unable to do so. I think we need to focus on the future now, not the past, and that is exactly what we want to do.
"We want to reassure our fans that we will continue our commitment to victory in 2020 and beyond, and we will work hard to earn and maintain everyone's trust and confidence." We will try to find a new transaction. We will not release details or updates to the timeline or process until we are ready to make a public announcement. Thanks, that's all I can say now. "
As he dropped from £ 270 to £ 240 this winter, Jeurys Familia said his intake of Dominican food – mainly fried chicken and rice – had decreased.
"I was really overweight," said Familia. "Most of the seasons I was around 240 or 245, so I didn't know I was so overweight. I just wanted to go back and get the weight I had for the rest of my career."