Spring training. It's the most wonderful time of the year...well, for a baseball fan anyway. The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and players are heading to Cactus and Grapefruit League action as they prepare for another grueling 162-game season.
Spring training is also a time for internal positional battles. The coaches will spend the next month-and-a-half evaluating their 40-man roster as they determine the best 25 athletes for the start of the 2013 season.
Terry Collins, manager of the New York Mets, will find that his biggest decisions will be featured in the outfield. The Mets came into this past offseason with the intentions of adding a quality bat that can fill a void in the outfield. So far, that has yet to happen (they garnered some attention by their inability to sign Michel Bourn).
So it looks as if the Mets will open camp with a crop of unproven and/or unaccomplished outfielders who will be vying for a starting gig with the Mets when they head north to Citi Field.