February 2011

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/3

Nothing new over the past seven days, meaning this projection is the same as the last one. So in that case, a refresher:

wrightfielding.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

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Josh Thole hits the Twittersphere

You can follow the Mets catcher @Josh_Thole.

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Mets, Angels reportedly discussed Beltran trade

An interesting item out of the New York Post today, revealing that the Mets discussed a potential deal earlier this winter to move Carlos Beltran to the Angels. Needing an outfield bat, the Angels instead traded for Vernon Wells last month, preferring to spend $86 million on a confirmed healthy player. Though Beltran has only one year and $18.5 million left on his contract, the Angels had questions about his health and his ability to play center field.

Though the Post did not reveal what the Mets might have received in return for Beltran, the report did float the names of outfielder Juan Rivera and reliever Fernando Rodney. For Wells, the Angels gave up slightly more, dealing Rivera and catcher Mike Napoli to the Jays.

There’s not much to be gleaned from this other than the fact that the Mets, while hesitant to make a major trade right now, are willing to explore any and all options. Recall that Beltran has a clause in his contract forbidding the Mets from offering him arbitration, meaning if they don’t trade him before the end of the season, they will receive nothing — not even a draft pick — if he ultimately signs elsewhere.

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