As much as they are trying to trade Dillon Gee, realistically I believe the Mets are done for the winter and will hibernate until spring training. They might pull something off with Gee, but I doubt he will bring back much substance.
Whether it is Gee, Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese, they aren’t likely to make a worthwhile deal until the trade deadline. There are too many free agents remaining and too much time until spring training for another team willing to give up something.
Also, teams could be waiting for spring training roster cuts and non-tendered players when there will be another wave of players to hit the market.
GM Sandy Alderson knows this, but won’t say anything first, to further reduce trade value of these guys, and secondly, not to alienate the fan base when he wants them buying tickets.
Given this, as of today here’s how I envision the Mets’ Opening Day roster:
Matt Harvey: Opening Day starter.
Zack Wheeler: Mets looking for breakout year.
Jon Niese: The lone lefty.
Bartolo Colon: Veteran presence.
Jacob deGrom: Hoping to avoid sophomore jinx.
Gee: Long relief or the minors.
Bobby Parnell: Terry Collins says will be closer if healthy.
Jenrry Mejia: Gets closer role if Parnell doesn’t. Gets eighth inning if Parnell is ready.
Jeurys Familia: Set up and situational role.
Vic Black: Set-up and situational role.
Josh Edgin: Situational lefty.
Scott Rice: Situational lefty.
Travis d’Arnaud: Must reach the next level.
Anthony Recker: Back-up catcher.
Lucas Duda: Hoping for 30-homer encore.
Daniel Murphy: Steadiest bat in 2014.
Wilmer Flores: Has shortstop job to lose.
David Wright: Needs to stay healthy.
Ruben Tejada: Back up at short and second.
Dilson Herrera: Made a good first impression last year.
Michael Cuddyer: Return to batting title form might be too much to ask.
Juan Lagares: Center fielder could also bat leadoff.
Curtis Granderson: Not expecting 40, but 30 homers would be great.
Matt den Dekker: A nod to defense.
John Mayberry: Adds right-handed bat.