Thanks for your responses and questions today on Mets Chat.
I hope I touch on everything:
Lastings Milledge: Yes, he has played better than Ben Johnson. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mention him for the final roster spot because I still see him opening the season in the minors. The Mets donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want him sitting around.
Bench: I see David Newhan making it over Johnson. Read about that tomorrow in The Journal News.
Julio Franco: Maybe the Mets hamstrung themselves by signing him to a two-year deal. They can always eat the contract. FrancoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s value is in that as a pinch-hitter and the intangibles. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll do something positive this season.
Juan Padilla: His elbow is sore and he has been shut down for two weeks.
Aaron Sele: Sele could make it as the long reliever because Jorge Sosa isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t getting it done. Hitters are batting .295 against him this spring. A couple of weeks ago Sele told me he would not accept a minor league assignment.