The top news of the day is Dillon Gee reported to spring training and threw off the mound. Gee, whom the Mets tried to trade in the winter, told reporters he wants to remain with the team and is willing to move to the bullpen.
He admits hearing the rumors.
“As long as I’m playing baseball, I don’t really care where it’s at,’’ Gee said. “The majority of me wants to stay here because I have all my buddies here and I think this team is going to succeed and I want to win. I want to help the team win. To me, though, as long as I’m on that mound pitching, that’s where I’ll be happy.’’
While pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Thursday, several Mets are already in camp, among them: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Jacob deGrom, David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda.
Pitchers and catchers will workout Saturday, with position players scheduled to report, Feb. 24, and the first full-squad workout to be two days later.
The Mets’ first exhibition game is against Atlanta in Orlando.
SNY MOVE OFFICIAL: Nelson Figueroa signed a contract to replace Bobby Ojeda as a studio pregame and postgame analyst for SNY.
Figueroa started 16 games for the Mets in 2008 and 2009 and went 6-11. In five years with the Mets (1986-1990) Ojeda was 51-40 with a 3.12 ERA.
Ojeda has been critical of the Mets, but the reason for the split with SNY is believed to be financial.