PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeff McNeil arrived at spring training this year projected to be the Mets’ everyday second baseman.
But as the versatile weapon who arrived at camp last year penciled in to be the Mets’ everyday third baseman — only to start nine games there — he knows better than to assume he will be glued to one position.
“Definitely go into spring training kind of assuming I’ll play everywhere,” McNeil said Monday after the first full-squad workout. “I imagine I will play a lot of second base, but at the same time, going to get my reps in at third, left, right. So much can change pretty quickly in this game, so you know you need to be ready to play some third or left or wherever the team needs me. But I imagine a lot of my reps will come at second base.”
McNeil started just nine games at second base last season during the shortened 60-game sprint, with the majority of his starts (26) coming in left field. But after Robinson Cano was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance in November, McNeil became his expected replacement, at least the most regular one. Manager Luis Rojas on Monday also mentioned Jonathan Villar and…