Alderson: No one is in the lead at 2B

March, 16, 2011
3/16/11
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After today's 4-3 Mets' losss to the Twins, Sandy Alderson spoke. We'll be providing what he says as we go through the tape. He remains "optimistic." There is stuff coming on Ollie Perez and Carlos Beltran. So keep checking back.

Let's start with second base, though. Alderson said that between Luis Castillo, Luis Hernandez, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner, no one is in the lead.

"It is more or less staus quo," Alderson said. "I don't think anybody has broken away from the pack. One would like to see some separation, but maybe we'll see in the next few days. To some extent, this decision will not be made on what happens this spring, but also what we project over a whole body of work over a whole period of time. Don't assume that if somebody goes 3-for-4 they just wont the job."

Whose decision it is to finally make?

"Obviously, you love to have a consensus," Alderson said. "At some point, who is on the team and is not on the team is probably my decision with strong input from Terry [Collins] and the coaches and scouts who watch us on a daily basis."

Does he view as an offensive position?

"I view it as an offensive position, if it can be," Alderson said.

Alderson said he thinks there maybe has been too much focus on second base.

"I think there has been a lot of focus on second base, maybe to the exclusion of some other things," Alderson said. "I'm not saying there is anything else you should be watching, there might be something you might write about."

ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin continues to report Murphy should be on the roster in some capacity, and Emaus is the most likely selection for second base, although there was no firm organization decision yet to release Castillo. Turner has options remaining, making him vulnerable to be sent to Triple-A Buffalo. Hernandez only has an "outside" chance to be picked at second base, a team source said.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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