PORT ST. LUCIE — David Wright needs his brokers, Sam and Seth Levinson, to clear their names towards allegations of dishonest by former worker Juan Carlos Nunez. The heads of the ACES company that has represented the Mets captain for 17 years are accused in a lawsuit of urging Nunez to interact in misconduct and actively procure performance-enhancing medication for his or her shoppers.
“I’ve recognized these guys for nearly half my life. They’ve definitely performed proper by me and I’ve by no means seen I assume what’s being accused of them,” Wright mentioned Saturday at Mets spring coaching camp. “I simply hope that for his or her sake they get the due course of. They deserve to have the ability to inform their aspect of it, set the document straight, or no matter the proper approach is to place it.
“I answered to the way in which they’ve handled me and what I’ve seen from them personally the final 17 years,” Wright mentioned. “I’ve by no means seen that or heard that they usually have all the time handled me nice and been … a very good illustration of me.”
Mickey Callaway met with Zack Wheeler at some point after the rehabbing righty had publicly bristled over his rotation standing — and potential bullpen demotion — following Jason Vargas’ free-agent signing on Friday.
“I talked to Zack right this moment. Not about that, however concerning the issues we’d discuss on a traditional foundation even when we didn’t signal one other pitcher yesterday,” Callaway mentioned on Saturday at First Information Discipline. “It’s about him being ready, issues about restoration.
“He’s taking steps to ensure he’s going to be one of the best pitcher he will be. The issues he mentioned and speaking to him, it’s like he’s stepping up for a battle, a problem to go on the market and win a spot. And he is aware of when he’s wholesome he will be among the finest pitchers on this group. I noticed fireplace in his eyes that he was going to go on the market mound.”
Wheeler, who had missed the complete 2015 and 2016 seasons following Tommy John surgical procedure, made 17 begins final 12 months earlier than being shut down with a stress response in his proper arm.
“I’m simply right here to be a beginning pitcher,” Wheeler had mentioned on Friday. “That’s what I’ve all the time been. That’s what I’m gonna be. After I’m wholesome, I do know I’m simply pretty much as good as anyone on the market. In order that’s what I’m concentrating on.”
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Asdrubal Cabrera requested a commerce — after which rescinded it — after the Mets moved him off of shortstop final season. However the veteran infielder is on board with a shift from third base to second base because of Todd Frazier’s free-agent signing earlier this month.
“It’s excellent news for us. Todd Frazier’s an excellent participant and I believe he’s going to assist the group,” mentioned Cabrera, whose $eight.5 million possibility was exercised by the Mets. “I’ve performed second earlier than, so it’s not an issue.”
David Wright appreciated newly minted Corridor of Famer Chipper Jones’ feedback from final month by which the longtime Met nemesis mentioned he believed Wright was on observe to hitch him in Cooperstown till critical accidents derailed his profession.
“That’s very good of Chipper. Chipper and I’ve develop into pretty shut through the years and it was a ridiculous, in all probability undeserved praise from Chipper,” Wright mentioned. “However I’ve by no means considered, you understand, these issues. Possibly it might be enjoyable after I’m performed enjoying to take a seat again and possibly undergo a spotlight video, however I’ve by no means considered what it’s going to be like, I assume, after I’m performed enjoying. However very good phrases from Chipper and I recognize that.”
New bench coach Gary DiSarcina referred to former Mets supervisor Terry Collins as “my mentor” from their days along with the Angels, however added that he felt “linked” instantly after first assembly with Callaway and the entrance workplace over the winter. DiSarcina served in that very same position for final season in Boston.
“I felt we have been on the identical wavelength on a number of issues,” DiSarcina mentioned. “I do know it’s Mickey’s first 12 months doing it, however he’s been within the recreation a very long time and was blessed to take a seat subsequent to Brad Mills and Terry Francona…Speak baseball with Mickey for a half-hour and you are feeling fairly linked.”