TC: Murph alternative to Pagan at leadoff

December, 5, 2011
12/05/11
5:58
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Terry Collins said Monday he has all but resolved to use Angel Pagan in the leadoff spot. Collins even planned to call Pagan to have a conversation about it soon.

But, the manager added, Daniel Murphy would be the alternative. In fact, the manager said, team officials had discussed that possibility Monday because of Murphy's high on-base percentage. Collins said he could see Murphy like a Wade Boggs atop the lineup. Collins wanted to avoid using Ruben Tejada at leadoff to limit the pressure on Jose Reyes' successor.

Other tidbits:

• Collins congratulated Reyes with a text Monday morning, and Reyes replied with a brief thank you. On the Marlins' spending, Collins said: "I was a little surprised they had that much money to burn." As for the Mets' psyche, Collins added: "We cannot start spring training sad."

• Collins said as of now he would project Murphy as the second baseman, with Justin Turner also in the mix.

• The manager said the debate now in the organization is whether to sign one higher-end closer or spread the money a little more around with multiple relievers. The latter option may prevail, meaning that Frank Francisco/Jon Rauch-type caliber. Collins said he can foresee Jenrry Mejia being the team's closer once he has recovered from Tommy John surgery. But, Collins added, the organization has not resolved to move Mejia to the bullpen just yet.

• Collins said he expects much more offense out of David Wright and Jason Bay with the outfield walls moved in.

• Collins said Johan Santana right now is "healthy" and that he expects the southpaw to make 30 starts in 2012. Still, Collins cautioned, Santana is unlikely to ever see 95 mph ever again.

• Trainer Ray Ramirez will go to Panama soon to check on how Tejada is bulking up this winter for the rigors of a major league season.

• Asked which prospects may make their major league debuts in 2012, Collins said right-hander Jeurys Familia -- potentially in the spring-training starting mix, potentially in the bullpen -- as well as left-handed reliever Robert Carson and center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, assuming he's recovered from shoulder surgery. Collins did not see 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey being a factor in 2012.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
8 4.12 95 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .288
HRL. Duda 14
RBID. Wright 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .829
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112