Here’s How The Mets’ 2014 Roster Currently Shapes Up

The New York Mets’ 2014 roster is far from set, but as of now here’s what it looks like with Opening Day still four months away:

ROTATION

1. Jon Niese: With Matt Harvey out, Niese figures to be Opening Day starter for second straight season.

2. Dillon Gee: Was team leader in victories last year and fell short by one inning of 200.

3. Zack Wheeler: Made good first impression, but will have innings limit.

4. Jenrry Mejia: Will be fourth starter if surgically-repaired elbow allows him. If not, the Mets must shop.

5. Fifth starter: Will likely come as late winter signing as Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard will wait out Super Two status.

BULLPEN

6. Bobby Parnell: Recovering from neck surgery, so he’s a question.

7. Vic Black: Probably the closer if Parnell isn’t ready.

8. Gonzalez Germen: Mets love his fastball.

9. Scott Rice: Last year’s feel good story to return following hernia surgery.

10. Josh Edgin: Situational lefty if healthy.

11. Jeurys Familia: Has command issues, but a high ceiling.

12. Carlos Torres: Gave the Mets something in long relief and in situational roles.

CATCHER

13. Travis d’Arnaud: Didn’t have much of a sampling, but is on the Mets Christmas card.

14. Back-up catcher: Mets wanted veteran mentor, but face a thin market. Anthony Recker is next up.

FIRST BASE

15. Lucas Duda or Ike Davis: GM Sandy Alderson says there’s interest in Davis, but we’ve seen nothing so far. Could he be the GM version of Scott Boras? Meanwhile, Duda is at a fitness camp. He looks like the front-runner.

SECOND BASE

16. Daniel Murphy: We keep hearing how the Mets would like to upgrade, but there are too many other concerns.

SHORTSTOP

17. Ruben Tejada: Without a significant addition, he could get another chance.

18. Back-up: Omar Quintanilla did a good job replacing Tejada last summer, but his bat was lacking. There’s been no movement in bringing him back.

THIRD BASE

19. David Wright: For the next seven years.

OUTFIELD

20. Eric Young: Mets don’t like his on-base percentage, which should be higher considering his speed.

21. Juan Lagares: Probably goes to right field.

22. Chris Young: Likely starter in center field.

BENCH

23-26. Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker, Justin Turner and Josh Satin will compete for spots. One won’t make it. Mets likely won’t do better considering their budget.

 

10 thoughts on “Here’s How The Mets’ 2014 Roster Currently Shapes Up

  1. I can see Flores either being the 1st baseman, traded or going to minors to start season. I hope Ike gets one more shot. He is going to break out for someone.
    Also, I think Quintanilla IS on the roster at this time, so he should be back. We need someone to back up SS and 2B. I hope Lagares stays in CF.
    If we do not pick up a pitcher (Dice-K?) Torres could be the 5th starter or Schwinden(hope not). I am liking our Bullpen makeup at this time

    • I forgot to adress CF, and agree with you that Lagares needs to stay put. His defense is incredible. I sure as heck Sandy didn’t promise C.Y. CF.

      • Maybe it’s just hope. I am not sure we are going after a 1st baseman at this point and would rather have Ike than Duda.

        • I agree we will have the same infield as last year

          This front office does nothing in acquiring players. They draft and develop and we will wait 5 years or more to see if they can field an interesting team

        • Metstheory22: I think you’re right and either Davis or Duda will be at first. No need to add somebody to a position that already has bodies, especially when there are more holes to fill.-JD

  2. The reason I like that team is it didn’t spend any money, so improvements of 20+ million in are still to come. Assuming Gee’s 6th inning problems are behind him and assuming Niese can go 7, there’s 2 guys with 200 IP arms. I would be very cautious with Zack Wheeler. If I’m not mistaken, he was a 5 IP guy, in the minors, before joining the big club. My fear is that he hurt his arm last year going further than 5 in the show. I saw Mejia pitch once in AA last year, he was dominant with a capitol D. But, even more so than Wheeler, I worry about his arm. Despite these worries I have been rabid about wanting our good young arms in the big leagues. I feel that it is imperative to be proactive and creative while spending there innings pitched. Bring them along slowly, but at the major league level, in starting roles. That is why I see the NYM best chance at winning in 2014 is to ‘piggyback’ 2 of Montero/Noah/Toress with Wheeler and Mejia, if those guys are indeed 3/4. I won’t keep beating the dead drum with my formula, but in order to maximize plus stuff, there are a handful of avenues at our disposal, and considering the stakes, injury and stock, atop the list, I consider a conventional plan foolish as our bullpen will be taxed as will are starters, and our #1 commodity will be at risk. I can live with the bullpen as you’ve got it, considering the 5th starter is durable, and provisions for Mejia and Wheeler are in place.

    Thanks for the article, much appreciated.

    mega