Reyes revealed that during his final season with the Mets he tried to pass the torch to Tejada to become his replacement. Reyes landed in Miami in the offseason, and Tejada was destined to be his permanent replacement. Now entering spring training, Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets.
"Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes said. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not...He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.
"When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him. We were always together. My last year there, every time I talk to him: 'This is going to be your position for a long time. Don't let it go away.' See what happened now? It's 2015 and he doesn't have a position to play. When they talk about who is going to play every day, they don't talk about Tejada. They talk about Flores."
"We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player."
Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.
"We ran bases today, then he took grounders, did the fundamental and he hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "When he got done hitting, I sent him inside. I didn't want him standing out in the outfield shagging. I don't want to say that's going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but any little bit of time we can get him off his feet early helps. So I sent him in about 10 minutes early."
"If it's a combination, it's a combination," Scioscia said. "If it's one guy, it's one guy."
Ryan, who is seeking more playing time this season, hit .167 over 114 at-bats in 2014.
“Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad,” Bogaerts said of losing confidence, per WEEI.com. “Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it’s something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it’s just keep your head up.”
Bogaerts said the experiences he learned last season should help him well moving forward.
“It’s a really tough game,” Bogaerts said. “Especially in the Boston market — a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It’s definitely easy to lose your confidence.”
“They both saw significant time last year and only one of them can play short as this team shapes up,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “I like both guys. They both bring a lot to the table. I think Chris is probably a little bit ahead of the game defensively and Brad is probably ahead of the game offensively. It’s a nice combination and let’s see what happens. … If we don’t have injuries, I doubt that we can take them both.”
Ryan hit just .167 last season, but said numbers can be deceiving. "My average was terrible, but I felt like I hit the ball way better than my average showed," Ryan said. "I just didn't have much love. When you don't have a whole lot of love with few at-bats, things get blown out of proportion."
Ryan said he wants to win games, and hopes that he can earn more playing time if he's looking better at the plate, particularly against left-handers. "If I'm getting it done and helping us win, hopefully I'll get to play a little more," he said.
Ryan hit .167 over 114 at-bats last year.
“It was a prerequisite,” manager Buck Showalter said of Cabrera resolving his legal problems before signing with the Orioles, per MLB.com. “That’s why it took as long as it did [after word leaked of an agreement]. It wasn’t going to happen until it did and we felt comfortable with it.”
Cabrera was expected to go to trial in April for resisting arrest after he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. He was later charged with resisting arrest.
He was cited for possession of marijuana in a car, which is a vehicle code infraction that carries a fine of up to $100. No DUI charges were filed, per U-T San Diego.
"I really want to work on base running," Correa said. "I got hurt on it, so I want to work on it and regain my confidence on it."
Correa, considered the second-best prospect in baseball behind Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, is expected to open the season at Double-A.