PORT ST. LUCIE – Michael Conforto will not go into more detail about who may have been involved in the illegal theft of signs by Astros and the consequences.
J.D. Davis and Jake Marisnick both played for the Astros in 2017 when the team used electronic surveillance to steal the catchers' signs, but both are now Mets and Conforto doesn't want to feel uncomfortable in the clubhouse.
“Our involvement was Carlos [Beltran] and we kind of went on, but I don't see that we're dealing with it, ”said Conforto on Tuesday. “I think JD and Jake are our boys now and will be part of a winning season this year.
"There will be no hostility towards them. If you are on a team, all of these guys who are here are our boys, and so are winning teams. They bring their boys in and we are a winning group. They will probably be about it talk, but from then on there will be nothing. "
Beltran resigned as Mets manager after only 77 days after being mentioned in the MLB report on Astros' illegal theft of signs last month. A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora were fired as managers in Houston and Boston, respectively.
"There's a line that definitely shouldn't be crossed, and Carlos' involvement in it is what it is, and I think it's best if we just focus on ourselves and the season," said Conforto.
Dellin Betances, who played for the Yankees team who lost Game 7 of the ALCS 2017 to the Astros, said he didn't need any explanation from Davis or Marisnick.
"After hearing everything, I think that as a team we knew something was going on, we just weren't sure what it was," said Betances. "It definitely sucks when I look back, but to spend too much time on it, I think it doesn't do it justice to the guys I'm here with. I'm looking forward to the 2020 season with the Mets , so I don't think I'm going to be playing too much harp for that. "
The new manager Luis Rojas said that he had talked to Davis and Marisnick, but declined to provide details of these talks.
The new manager Luis Rojas admitted that Jacob deGrom "probably" will be the starter of the Mets opening day, but would not go beyond naming the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner for the rotation. DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha give the Mets six starting pitchers for five rotation points.
"We have six starters, people who have been top league starters in the recent past, so we're not defining roles right now," said Rojas. "It's probably no surprise that Jake is likely to be on the opening day," said Rojas, "but we don't currently define roles for two, three, four, five or six starters, so we're not there yet."
Wacha and Matz both previously worked as assistants. Matz & # 39; relief experience came in two appearances last season before the All-Star break.
"But now they're starters," said Rojas. "Our plan is to have fun watching them pitch throughout spring training."
Yoenis Cespedes ran and struck, but Rojas said it was too early to say whether the seasoned outfielder was a way to start the season with the Mets.
Cespedes has missed the last 1½ seasons after undergoing surgery on both heels and then breaking ankle at his ranch to avoid a wild boar. Cespedes has missed the last 1½ seasons after undergoing surgery on both heels and then breaking ankle at his ranch to avoid a wild boar.