Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 2/23/12
Mike Nickeas may be the frontrunner for the righty-hitting complement to Josh Thole behind the plate, but the Mets are not handing Nickeas an Opening Day roster spot yet, writes Adam Rubin. The defensively capable Nickeas will need to demonstrate he can produce at the plate at a competent-enough level that Terry Collins will not need to pinch-hit for him in the middle innings. Nickeas does have the advantage of already being on the 40-man roster. His main competition will come from former Seattle Mariners/San Diego Padres catcher Rob Johnson, who has started 193 major league games. Andres Torres arrived in camp Wednesday, after being acquired in an offseason trade with the San Francisco Giants involving Angel Pagan. Torres was born in Paterson, N.J., but moved to Puerto Rico a year after his birth. He worked out this winter with former Giants teammate Carlos Beltran. Terry Collins projects Torres as his leadoff hitter, where he will supplant Jose Reyes. “We just talked a little about
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