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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
16. Daniel Murphy: We keep hearing how the Mets would like to upgrade, but there are too many other concerns.
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.
19. David Wright: For the next seven years.
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.
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.