Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Jeff Erickson discusses Mets with beat writer Jan Levine

Sees Carlos Delgado easily hitting 280 or 290 as a Met, accustomed to a pitchers park & a year of national lg. pitching. Jose Reyes & Carlos Beltran are both switch hitters, helping out Willie Randolph's favorite batting order of righty-lefty, perhaps finally allowing David Wright to bat 3rd. Jan notes Mets had best attendance in 2004 in 25 years, contributing to the Wilpons' realizing they must spend big on players, which they did with Billy Wagner. Feels it's a good deal if they get 3 good years from Wagner. Also, Mets building a new ballpark will allow them to escape luxury tax. Jan loves Duaner Sanchez setting up for Wagner. Thinks Victor Diaz will start in RF. Notes Anderson Hernandez had a great winter ball season, & still have prospects Milledge & Pelfrey.

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