October 23, 2006

Floyd wants to come back

Bryan Hoch and Chris Girandola at Mets.com, writes about Cliff Floyd and him wanting to stay in New York:

"This is kind of different," Floyd said as he gathered his belongings in the Mets' clubhouse a day after the devastating Game 7 loss to the Cardinals. "When I was signed [by the Mets in December 2002], it was pretty much known. I had a good understanding of where I'd be going and didn't have to stress about it in the offseason."

This time Floyd's fate lies in the hands of the Mets and whether the club wants to risk signing the 33-year-old left fielder, who spent a majority of the season injured.

"We'll sit down with the coaching staff and address the players we have and the players that are available," said general manager Omar Minaya when asked about the question marks surrounding second base and left field. "We'll explore the market and see what's out there. We owe it to our fans to do that and see what's available."

As for Floyd, he first must deal with his ailing left Achilles. He will have surgery on Wednesday in New York and then spend the next four months rehabbing in Florida, where he spends the offseason.

He knows what to expect from the surgery, having undergone a similar operation in 1999 on his right ankle after spending 60 days on the disabled list with a torn Achilles during one of his seasons with the Marlins.

"They'll take care of everything, clean it up and make it right so hopefully I can be ready to go for Spring Training," he said.

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