Morning Briefing: GM due to speak


FIRST PITCH: With Terry Collins away from camp after his father’s passing and not due back until Saturday, Sandy Alderson will address the media at 11 a.m. Friday.

Among the questions that may be posed to Alderson ahead of Saturday’s first official workout:

1. How will Matt Harvey's spring training and season be regulated? (A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that it has not been determined that Harvey will be held back until the home opener, which is the seventh game of the season.)

2. What about that 89 wins thing?

3. Why was there so little winter activity?

4. How will the Mets handle having six established starting pitchers and what’s the potential for a spring-training trade?

The Mets indicated that all of their pitchers and catchers appear to have made it to camp for Thursday’s reporting date.

Friday’s news reports:

• Baseball America released its top 100 prospect list for MLB. The Mets checking in on the list: Noah Syndergaard at No. 11, Steven Matz at No. 33, Brandon Nimmo at No. 45, Dilson Herrera at No. 46, Kevin Plawecki at No. 63, Michael Conforto at No. 80 and Amed Rosario at No. 98.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post isn’t concerned about the Mets’ pitching. He is concerned about the fielders behind the pitchers. Writes Davidoff:

On this, we can agree: Everybody worries about the [Wilmer] Flores project. In fact, for a team relying so heavily on its pitching, the Mets deploy potential defensive liabilities all over the diamond. It’s fair to be concerned about Flores, his double-play partner Daniel Murphy at second base, corner outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. In other words, everyone besides reigning Gold Glove Award winner Juan Lagares in center field, the previously honored David Wright at third base, and Lucas Duda, who is average at first base. D’Arnaud does score high in pitch framing.

• The Daily News was provided exclusive access to Travis d'Arnaud, who was off limits this week to other media. D’Arnaud told the newspaper about his 2014 demotion: “I was timid at the plate and I let that affect my defense. But when I got down to Triple-A, George Greer, the hitting coach, noticed right away I was standing too far off the plate and, as a result, I couldn’t reach any of the pitches on the outside half. He moved me closer, and everything seemed to come together again. I was myself again.”

Josh Edgin expressed no concern about potentially being the only left-handed reliever on the Opening Day roster. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Record, NJ.com and Newsday.

Jonathon Niese said he probably should have spent the entire first month of last season on the disabled list, but professed his shoulder feels good now. Read more in the Post, Record, NJ.com, Newsday and MLB.com.

Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Cesar Puello are among the Mets’ 40-man roster players who are out of options.

Buddy Carlyle reportedly is the only player in camp on a minor-league contract who has an out during spring training if he does not make the major league team.

• WOR officially announced the hiring of Wayne Randazzo as pregame and postgame host and fill-in play-by-play man for Mets games. Listen to Randazzo on WOR on Thursday here.

• Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com asks five spring-training questions about the Mets and writes a profile about Michael Cuddyer.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear seeks the midpoint between cynicism and innocence. … John Delcos at Mets Report recalls his favorite spring-training memories from two decades as a beat writer.

BIRTHDAYS: Livan Hernandez turns 40 (or thereabouts). ... Shane Spencer is 43.


YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets hold back Matt Harvey for the home opener since they want to conserve his innings anyway?