• Jose Valverde, who pitched a perfect inning in Wednesday's split-squad loss to the Marlins, pays no attention to the perception that he has a leg up on the other bullpen competitors.
"I try to compete like a Minor League guy, always," said Valverde, an 11-year veteran. "All my life I've looked at Spring Training like I've never played in the big leagues."
• Rick Ankiel, the pitcher-turned-outfielder who appeared in 20 games with the Mets last season, has reportedly retired. Ankiel's departure from the Mets last June paved the way for Juan Lagares to receive regular playing time in center field, where he developed into one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball.