Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 1/16

With 30 days until Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., it’s time to project the Opening Day roster for the first time. A couple notes before we begin:

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  • The following takes into account only those players under Major or Minor League contract with the Mets. We will not speculate on trades or free agent signings in this space.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot. So someone like Noah Syndergaard, who is not realistically competing for a rotation spot in Spring Training, will still be listed.
  • This list will be updated throughout the next two months based upon player acquisitions, injuries, Grapefruit League performances and comments from management.

Without further ado:

Lineup:
OF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
OF Curtis Granderson
OF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
1B Lucas Duda
OF Andrew Brown
INF Josh Satin
INF Anthony Seratelli
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
LHPJon Niese

RH
P Bartolo Colon
RHP Dillon Gee
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Jenrry Mejia

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Gonzalez Germen
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP Josh Edgin

Disabled list:
RHP Matt Harvey

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden, C Juan Centeno, C Kevin Plawecki, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Wilfredo Tovar, INF Eric Campbell, INF Danny Muno, INF Brandon Allen, OF Juan Lagares, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF Cesar Puello, OF Dustin Lawley, OF Corey Vaughn, OF Brandon Nimmo, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Ryan Reid, RHP Jeff Walters, RHP Chase Bradford, RHP Joel Carreno, RHP John Church, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Miguel Socolovich, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Logan Verrett, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Adam Kolarek, LHP Jack Leathersich.

Notes:
Three questions still exist in the lineup: whether Ike Davis will be here, whether the Mets will find an upgrade for Ruben Tejada and whether Juan Lagares will make the team. We might not know the answer to that last one for a while … The bench and fifth starter competitions should be affected greatly by January and February acquisitions … Don’t read into the bullpen at all right now. It could wind up being those seven names, or four or five could be completely different. We’ll have to wait and see … So far the Mets have invited 58 players to camp — the 57 listed above plus Jeremy Hefner, who does not qualify for the disabled list since he will not be on a big league roster.

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3 Comments

You must be out of your mind, leaving Lagares off. It’s amazing how negative people are, saying all defense, no offense . . . ridiculous!

I offer 2 opening day lineups – current roster and roster-to-be

CURRENT ROSTER

Juan Lagares, CF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Daivd Wright, 3B
Curtis Granderson, LF
Ike Davis, 1B
Chris Young, RF
Travis d’Arnauld, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
Zack Wheeler, P

ACTUAL ROSTER

Stephen Drew, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Curtis Granderson, LF
Travis d’Arnauld
Chris Young, RF
Wilmer Flores, 1B
Juan Lagares, CF
Zack Wheeler, P

As much as they need speed at the top of the lineup Lagares will be the CF or else
their will be a mutiny by the fans! Unless Tejada has a great spring look for Murphy
to be the lead off hitter followed by Tejada (if he has a good spring) Wright, Granderson, Travis D, Davis, Chris Young, and Lagares hitting 8th or Lagares hitting
2nd depending on the spring Tejada and Lagares have? I don’t see them benching
Lagares especially if he picks up where he left off in winter ball! I believe Lagares
will turn out to be a good hitting CF and along with his defense will become one
of the best all around CF’s in baseball! Chris Young on the other hand will be
lucky to hit over 200 and after a month or so in RF Don’t be surprised if EY takes
back his starting job in LF with Granderson moving to RF! Travis will bat 5th off
a great spring training and Chris young’s inability to hit! The mets will add a veteran
bull pen guy and sign a 5th starter to compete with Mejia and Montero!!

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