Mets manager mulls moving Jose Reyes from leadoff to No. 3 spot

The New York Daily News reports Mets manager Jerry Manuel is considering moving shortstop Jose Reyes from the leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order, a switch Reyes had resisted in the past but now says he will make if requested.

With center fielder Carlos Beltran expected to begin the season on the disabled list, Manuel is considering an order that would start with second baseman Luis Castillo, first baseman Daniel Murphy and Reyes. After Beltran returns, Manuel could go Castillo-Murphy-Reyes-Beltran-David Wright-Jason Bay-Jeff Francoeur, or Castillo-Wright-Reyes-Beltran-Bay-Murphy-Francoeur.

"I would love to see (Reyes) as a third hitter, assuming the other parts fit," Manuel told the paper.

The New York Daily News reports Mets manager Jerry Manuel is considering moving shortstop Jose Reyes from the leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order, a switch Reyes had resisted in the past but now says he will make if requested.

With center fielder Carlos Beltran expected to begin the season on the disabled list, Manuel is considering an order that would start with second baseman Luis Castillo, first baseman Daniel Murphy and Reyes. After Beltran returns, Manuel could go Castillo-Murphy-Reyes-Beltran-David Wright-Jason Bay-Jeff Francoeur, or Castillo-Wright-Reyes-Beltran-Bay-Murphy-Francoeur.

"I would love to see (Reyes) as a third hitter, assuming the other parts fit," Manuel told the paper.

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