PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- In his annual state of the team address on Tuesday, Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed several of the club's widely understood roster assumptions.
Center fielder Andres Torres will almost certainly open the year as the leadoff man, Collins said. Barring injury, Daniel Murphy will be the team's starting second baseman. Several spots at the back end of the bullpen are up for grabs, as well as the fifth outfielder's job and the backup catcher position.
In the outfield, left-handed hitters Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen will battle for one open spot. Behind the plate, the defensive-minded Mike Nickeas will attempt to hold off challengers Rob Johnson and Lucas May.
"We're going to have some fun trying to make those decisions," Collins said.