Mar 1, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Anthony Seratelli (2) turns the double play over Miami Marlins left fielder Brent Keys (68) in the spring training game at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
At the same time, Collins would not commit to Omar Quintanilla as the backup shortstop.
Both Seratelli and Quintanilla have had poor springs with the bat, but Seratelli provides much more versatility due to the fact that he plays all four infield positions, left field, and right field. Quintanilla plays just shortstop and second base.
Moreover, Collins not committing to Quintanilla as his backup shortstop after eliminating Seratelli is pretty odd since there are no other backup shortstop options currently in camp.
Although the Mets have colored it as unlikely, there’s always the chance they’ll make an external acquisition before Opening Day. Any such acquisition could either serve as the backup shortstop or render the incumbent Ruben Tejada the backup.