PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Asked about his outfield at the general managers' meetings last November, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson quipped: "What outfield?"
With Scott Hairston, Jason Bay and Andres Torres departing, and Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Andrew Brown and Jamie Hoffman coming in, the outfield remains as unsettled as it was three months ago.
As the Mets held their second full-squad workout Tuesday, the seven outfielders on the 40-man roster totaled 434 games of major league experience in the outfield.
Lucas Duda has 175 of those and is slotted into left field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Cowgill, acquired in a December trade with Oakland, could platoon in center.
Right field could be manned by Byrd. Or it could be a combination of Mike Baxter, Byrd, Brown and Hoffman.