The Mets are looking at new first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz as a stabilizing force of their infield this season, lending a veteran presence to assist second-year major leaguers David Wright and Kaz Matsui and young shortstop Jose Reyes.
Mientkiewicz held court with the press this week to discuss the position swap between Reyes and Matsui, his personal situation with a new club and more:
On getting used to playing with a new infield: "It's going to take all spring and probably into the first couple months of the season as a learning process. I've spoken to each one [in the infield] individually to try and get a game plan. All of the coaches have done more than I'm accustomed to as far going over positioning and everything to defensively be prepared."
On what he's done so far with...