Despite suffering from a hamstring injury,
Murphy is recovering from a hamstring injury. If he's not ready by Opening Day, the team will turn to
Reynolds, who spent most of last season in Triple-A, is hitting .381 in 42 spring training at-bats, making the decision tough for manager Terry Collins.
"He's a baseball player -- everybody keeps saying that about him, but that's what he is," Collins said. "He handles the bat, he runs the bases, he does a lot of little things right. But Danny Muno's a dangerous bat -- I'll tell you what, he can get a hit. And the other kid, Ruben, he's played there. He's played there under the bright lights and been very successful. So we've got a lot of options."
Murphy is still recovering from a hamstring injury and is uncertain for Opening Day.
"He's probably not that far away from playing in the major leagues," Alderson said Saturday. "He looks solid, confident in the infield, so he's done a nice job."
Reynolds, who hit a walkoff home run Friday, is making it a tough decision between he and Ruben Tejada.
"I came in here with the attitude I'm going to compete my [butt] off to try to win the job," Reynolds said. "I am just going to come here and compete every day, and by me competing I’m making Flo' better, I'm making Tejada better and vice versa. By us competing together it makes us stronger and better players."
Alderson wouldn't say if Reynolds would still make the team if he doesn't win the starting job.
"People try to pigeon-hole players as utility guys, and that's not fair," Alderson said. "We're going to let it play out and see what happens. We're happy to have him. He’s a nice player."
Reynolds, 24, had a strong season in the minors, hitting .343 over two levels. While Reynolds isn't expected to make the big-league club straight out of camp, manager Terry Collins wants to see what Reynolds can do. "We're going to take a good hard look at him at shortstop," Collins said.
The Mets enter the year somewhat unsettled at the shortstop position. Wilmer Flores is expected to open the season as the team's starter, but it's unclear whether he has a defensive chops to stick at the position. Reynolds may not be ready for the majors yet, but could make an impact if Flores falters early.
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