When a team reaches the World Series – win or lose – it shouldn’t have many position battles in spring training the following season which is the case with the Mets. As of now, the Mets realistically have just two roster spots, both of them in the bullpen.
As of now Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Antonio Bastardo and Jerry Blevins are the current bullpen givens with two more spots to go. Logan Verrett and Rafael Montero should pitch for the Mets this summer, but will likely open the season in the minor leagues in the Triple-A Las Vegas rotation.
The three candidates for the final two spots are Sean Gilmartin, Josh Smoker and Erik Goeddel. Gilmartin and Goeddel should have the inside track based on their performances last year during the pennant race.
“It’s very important that we have seen what they have done under pressure in a pennant race,” manager Terry Collins said. “They certainly go in as the lead candidates, there is no question.”
Gilmartin is a lefty and went 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA as a Rule 5 acquisition in 50 games while Goeddel was 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 35 appearances before coming down with a sore elbow.
Smoker, 27, is a hard-throwing left-hander coming off a shoulder injury.