Daniel Murphy will have to earn the Mets starting first base job this Spring Training, GM Omar Minaya told the Newark Star Ledger.
Murphy will be in an Ďopen competitioní with Mike Jacobs, who the Mets signed to a major league contract last week.
"He'll compete for the job," Minaya said of Jacobs. "I think it's fair to say that Murphy has proven himself worthy of being considered, but he's going to have to continue. It's an open competition."
Murphy has tried to prove himself worthy of the starting job as he was the only Mets regular position player to show up at the teamís mini-camp and is working with the teamís former first baseman Keith Hernandez to improve his defense. That could give him an edge over Jacobs, who is not known for his defensive prowess. But Jacobs has one thing the Mets covet and that is power at the position.
Jacobs has hit 81 home runs in four major league seasons, including 32 in 2008, since he was part of a package the Mets sent to the Marlins for Carlos Delgado. But Jacobs had a woeful .297 on-base percentage last season, which is part of the reason the Royals released him.