Building the Mets’ 25-man roster ….

K-ROD: Fills Mets' biggest void.

K-ROD: Fills Mets' biggest void.


The Mets have several holes to fill before spring training, beginning with a starter. I still see them re-signing Oliver Perez.

There will be competition for two bullpen spots. This could change depending on if they open the season with four or five starters. There’s also a need for a reserve infielder. Marlon Anderson is the closest to somebody who can play both infield and outfield, but in the infield it’s first and second. They are talking about Alex Cora as a back-up shortstop.

Another outfield bat would be nice, but it’s not imperative.

Assuming Jon Niese is the fifth starter, I’m seeing four spots to be filled: fourth starter, two relievers, back-up infielder.

1. Johan Santana
2. Mike Pelfrey
3. John Maine
4. TBD:  Oliver Perez, Jason Marquis, other
5. Jon Niese

6. Francisco Rodriguez
7. J.J. Putz
8. Pedro Feliciano
9. Duaner Sanchez
10. Sean Green
11. TBD
12. TBD

In system options: Connor Robertson, Darren O’Day, Rocky Cherry, Carlos Muniz, Brian Stokes, Bobby Parnell, Ed Kunz,

13. Brian Schneider
14. Ramon Castro

15. Carlos Delgado
16. Luis Castillo
17. Jose Reyes
18. David Wright
19. TBD: Alex Cora

20. Carlos Beltran
21. Ryan Church
22. Daniel Murphy
23. Fernando Tatis
24. Jeremy Reed
25. Marlon Anderson

7 thoughts on “Building the Mets’ 25-man roster ….

  1. Outside of the obvious big moves with Putz and K-Rod, I am very impressed how Minaya has not only gotten rid of two “bad apples” if you will, as well as received two other relievers in Sean Green and Connor Robertson.

    He’s not only improved the club directly (Putz/K-Rod) and indirectly (getting rid of Schoeneweis and Heilman), but he’s bringing in extra arms to see what sticks.

  2. Marlon Anderson is an interesting case. The guy was absolute money for the Mets after they re-acquired him in ’07 but last year completely looked lost.

    Maybe missing so much time with injuries had something to do with that. I don’t mind him starting the year with the team, assuming he doesn’t look toast in spring training, but he’s a guy the Mets can’t just hang on to if it’s obvious he’s done. He could be taking (and did last year) a valuable spot up on the bench for a guy who’s only real talent is PH.

  3. My preferences for your 4 ‘TBD’ slots:

    Derek Lowe
    Brian Stokes
    Eddie Guardado
    Ty Wigginton

    I wonder how much time will pass before I’m officially 0-4.

  4. Marlon had one good year for us.

    He can be very valuable as a pinch hitter when he is on, but I prefer anyone playing any of the positions in the field to him.

    He is a butcher at any of the 8 spots on the field.

  5. Stokes should get one of the pen spots. Marlon needs to go he is a waste of a roster spot. I like wiggy for a spot cora would be a nice back up for reyes. As for the rotation I would like a combination of these pitches for the middle of the rotation
    Lowe, OP, Sheets and for the back end Wolf, Garland, Marquis. Would like to see Neise get some more work in buffalo and be an insurance policy for the rotation.

  6. Didn’t Omar say a while back that he was interested in keeping Ayala? Unless he’s gone elsewhere, I’d certainly keep him on the TBD list.