New York Mets' Spring Training Chatter

Jason BurkeCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2009

In what can only be considered great news, Johan Santana's debut was a success more for what didn't occur than what actually did. Santana threw 47 pitches in two-and-two-thirds innings against the Marlins, surrendering three runs, four hits, while striking out two and hitting a batter.

But Santana didn't feel any discomfort after the game and was more pleased to get out there than anything.

"I was excited," Santana said. "Finally I got a chance to pitch and get into a game. I didn't try to do anything crazy. I just tried to throw my pitches and go with everything and I felt pretty good. There were no issues or anything."

Jose Reyes also returned to Mets' camp.  It looks as though the Jose Reyes batting experiment is over for the time being, as Jerry Manuel intimated that Jose will more than likely resume hitting in the first spot.

Although Manuel believes that Reyes could be successful batting second or third in the order, he and some in the organization feel that Reyes will benefit from the comfort he has leading off.

"That's where I've hit all my life," Reyes said. "I'd like to be a leadoff hitter."

Manuel also hinted that he is likely to have Castillo hitting seventh, Schneider eighth, and Daniel Murphy or Carlos Beltran could see significant time at No. 2 in the lineup.

Also of interest, Billy Wagner has been asked by the club to halt his throwing regimen in Virginia. The club feels that the enthusiastic reliever needs to slow down his program to reduce the likelihood of further injury.

Wagner believes if he could stay on schedule that he might be able to give the club a lift during the last month of the season.

Pedro Martinez seems to have drawn interest from the Dodgers. All indications are that it is very preliminary, as the Dodgers and team Pedro seem to be far apart on money. 

Pedro is looking at a starting point of $5.5 million with incentives, more like the John Smoltz contract with the Red Sox. While the Dodgers, and many other teams, are looking for more of a Tom Glavine contract which is only $1 million guaranteed and loaded with incentives.

Pedro has indicated that he would like to return to the Mets. The Mets, however, seem unlikely to acquiesce to his asking price.