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Terry Collins acknowledges Mets will debate merits of Kevin Plawecki in Vegas

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kevin Plawecki delivered a two-run home run on Saturday against St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons. His 1-for-3 performance lifted his Grapefruit League average to .313.

The more intriguing topic regarding Plawecki occurred after the New York Mets' 14-9 loss, though.

Manager Terry Collins acknowledged there will be a debate among team officials later in camp about whether the organization would be better served having Plawecki back up Travis d'Arnaud at the major league level, or whether the 25-year-old catcher is better off playing regularly at Triple-A Las Vegas. In the latter scenario, Johnny Monell likely would make the Opening Day roster.

"We haven't had that discussion as to where he's going to fit the best, or what we think is the best for everyone involved," Collins said about Plawecki. "That has not taken place. What we've got to do is take what we think are the best 25 and get out of the gate and go from there. If the conversation goes to where, 'Hey, look, we need to have this guy ready to be an everyday guy,' he may have to go play [in Las Vegas]. If we think we're better off being able to get him two to three games a week at times [backing up d'Arnaud], then he's got a good chance of making the club."