Daniel Muno may get nod at second base on Opening Day

By Danny Abriano

A few days ago, it appeared that Matt Reynolds would fill in for Daniel Murphy at second base if the incumbent wound up on the disabled list as expected. Now, it looks like Daniel Muno will be the choice.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the decision to opt for Muno instead of Reynolds would be multifaceted.

Rubin notes that if Reynolds had success filling in for Murphy, Terry Collins might want him to remain as a bench player after Murphy is activated. The Mets apparently have no interest in that scenario, preferring Reynolds to play at second base regularly in Triple-A Las Vegas instead of siting on the bench in Queens.

Another factor according to Rubin is that the Mets wouldn’t want to start Reynolds’ service clock unless he’s serving as the starting second baseman.

Both Muno, 26, and Reynolds, 24, have been hitting very well during Spring Training, but it’s Reynolds who is viewed by some in the organization as a potential replacement for Murphy long term.


Some will look at the service clock line in Rubin’s article and pounce on that as the reason the Mets might not go with Reynolds, but that doesn’t appear to be what the deciding factor is.

Rather, with Murphy expected to be out only a short amount of time, the Mets are at the moment planning to turn to Muno simply because a longer-term fix isn’t needed.

The Mets plan to hold Murphy out of Grapefruit League games, which will enable them to backdate his potential disabled list stint nine days into Spring Training. In that scenario, Murphy would be eligible to return on April 12, just six games into the season. At that point, Muno would almost certainly be sent to the minors.

One thing that doesn’t compute is the Mets’ reported concern that Collins would want Reynolds to stick around once Murphy comes back. Sandy Alderson makes all of the decisions regarding the roster and hasn’t been shy about saying so. Collins’ wishes won’t supersede Alderson’s. Moving on…

As things stand, rolling with Muno is fine. However, if Murphy re-aggravates his hamstring and/or the recovery drags out, the Mets should reconsider going with Reynolds – the player they believe has the higher upside and the brighter future.

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