With the exhibition games about to begin shortly, I thought it would be a good time to post my initial projection of the Mets’ 25-man Opening Day roster.
Whether it is Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese, don’t look for the Mets to deal any of these starters. Anticipate Gee making the team in the bullpen.
NIESE: Only lefty starter. (AP)
Assuming no injuries or trades – and there are no signs of the latter occurring – this is how I envision the Mets’ Opening Day roster:
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Matt Harvey: If he’s there, don’t exclude him as the Opening Day starter.
Zack Wheeler: If he improves his command he could have a breakout year.
Jon Niese: The lone lefty. I’d slot him third in the rotation order.
Bartolo Colon: Threw over 200 innings last season, won 15 games to provide valuable veteran presence.
Jacob deGrom: Hoping to avoid sophomore jinx.
Dillon Gee: Slated for long relief and spot start duty.
Jenrry Mejia: Gets closer role because Bobby Parnell won’t be ready until May.
Jeurys Familia: Eighth-inning set up and situational role.
Vic Black: Set-up and situational role.
Josh Edgin: Situational lefty.
Carlos Torres: Spot starter and long relief roles.
Seventh reliever: Barring a trade or signing, this spot could go to Scott Rice.
Travis d’Arnaud: Showed offensive potential, but needs to improve holding runners.
Anthony Recker: Back-up catcher. I would like to see him get more time because of power potential.
Lucas Duda: Has strained side muscle and currently limited. Mets hoping for 30-homer encore.
Daniel Murphy: Steadiest bat will be closely watched at the trade deadline.
Wilmer Flores: The shortstop job is his to lose. Hoping Terry Collins gives him a long leash.
David Wright: A lot depends on him staying healthy.
Ruben Tejada: Collins says in the shortstop mix, but will back up at short and second.
Dilson Herrera: Made strong impression last year. I’d like to see him play more.
Eric Campbell: Can play the infield corners, outfield and will be tested at catcher this spring.
Michael Cuddyer: Won NL batting title two years ago.
Juan Lagares: Center fielder could also bat leadoff.
Curtis Granderson: Also being considered as leadoff hitter. I’m not expecting 40, but 30 homers would be great.
John Mayberry: Adds right-handed bat.
ON DECK TODAY: Previewing Matt Harvey’s throw day.