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Every local paper seems to have a story on the Mets veteran corner outfielders today, most focusing on the duo’s advanced age.

David Lennon of Newsday notes that while “one of the biggest knocks on Cliff Floyd was his inability to stay upright,” his replacement in left field, Moises Alou, is not known for being an iron man either, playing in just 98 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. In fact, Alou told reporters that he was contemplating retirement before getting hot toward the end of last season and batting .339 in his final 34 games. Manger Willie Randolph says he plans to use Alou in a manner similar to Paul Lo Duca, rotating Endy Chavez into the outfield frequently in order to keep the 40-year-old Alou as fresh as possible.

Shawn Green is similarly looking for rejuvenation in 2007, though he looks to have a bit more work in front of him. Though by no mean washed-up at age 34, Green’s seen his productivity plummet in recent years. Since compiling 91 homers in the 2001 and 2002 seasons, he has hit just 30 combined over the past two seasons. However, according to Green, he expects to regain some of the power that made him a star thanks to an offseason correction in his swing mechanics. Says Green:

I’m anxious to show everyone that I can play the way I did in 2001, 2002 with L.A. I feel like I’m in as good a shape as I was then, and I feel like working out some of these things with my swing is going to make a big difference.

I was losing a lot of my power by my hands not staying back at the start of my swing.

In recent days, Lastings Milledge had talked of making a run at the starting right field job. As of now, the job belongs to Green, but according to Willie Randolph, he still would like to see the veteran compete for the spot.

“Obviously he gets some respect for what he’s done and who he is. And to me right now he’s my right fielder, but you have to work and impress and show…We come to spring training to compete.”

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