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Failed catching prospect Joe Heitpas is going to give pitching a try. Good luck to him.

Juan Padilla took a big step in yesterday's split squad game against the Marlins by actually pitching from a mound against batters who play baseball. After a surprising stint with the Mets in 2005, Padilla missed all of 2006 following reconstructive elbow surgery.

Duaner Sanchez is sorry for being fat and tardy.

In Sunday's New York Post, Joel Sherman says that the Mets offered Jose Reyes in the original package for Roberto Alomar back in 2001. The Indians weren't familiar enough with Reyes at the time, so they passed.

Martin Gandy of Talking Chop and Baseball Digest Daily has an interview with Rickey Henderson.

"Mainly, my player is Reyes. He's my key player. I came in last year, we had a great time teaching him with success, and this year I'm coming over here to teach him a little more, and have a little bit more success. I'm keeping him on his toes on what he means to this ball club."
At Faith and Fear in Flushing, Greg tells Duaner to get his act together.

Carlos Gomez is one of the best young centerfielders in baseball, according to Chris Constancio at The Hardball Times.

Gomez skipped high Class A at age 20 and had a solid season at Double-A Binghamton, hitting .281/.350/.423 over 120 games. He was also 41-for-50 in stolen base attempts, but his low walk rate and high strikeout rates are indicators of an overly aggressive plate approach that limits his value as a hitter. Gomez is best suited for center field, where he covers a lot of ground, so he may need a change of scenery to get some playing time as long as Carlos Beltran is in the Mets starting lineup.