Once again, the December press conference proves an unreliable barometer. From a Spring Training workout, here’s some obvious hint David Weathers will wear No. 35, the same jersey issued to Mark Guthrie in December. Well, they worked it out: Guthrie is wearing 53 — the first since Eric Hillman all those years ago.
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The Mets Thursday signed X-Met Roger Cedeno to a four-year contract, creating not only a logjam in the outfield but a potential controversy over No. 19. That jersey currently belongs to Lenny Harris,himself as two time Met. Harris occupied No. 19 before Cedeno (1998) and after him (2000-present). On Friday, the Mets traded David Justice to Oakland for Mark Guthrie — who wore No. 19 with the A’s! We’ll keep you updated on this breaking controversy.
Also on Thursday, the Mets created another possible conflict by signing David Weathers to a contract. The ex-Cub, ex-Yankee and ex-Brewer is most often seen wearing No. 49, digits currently belonging to Armando Benitez.