Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 1/29

With 17 days until Mets pitchers and catchers officially report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., it’s time to project the Opening Day roster for the second time. There are just a couple tweaks from the first projection, which you can find here. A couple notes:

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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 — not that the Mets expect any more big ones, anyway.
  • 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:
LF Eric Young, Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Chris Young
1B Ike Davis

C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Ruben Tejada

Bench:
1B/OF Lucas Duda
OF Andrew Brown
1B/3B Josh Satin
SS/2B Omar Quintanilla
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
LHP Jon 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, INF Anthony Seratelli, 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, RHP John Lannan, RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Adam Kolarek, LHP Jack Leathersich.

Notes:
I’m still projecting Jenrry Mejia to make the rotation despite the presence of John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka, for the simple reason that Mejia is already on the 40-man roster. That gives him an inherent edge. … I remain quite curious to see what manager Terry Collins says about the outfield competition at the start of Spring Training. I personally think it makes more sense to start Juan Lagares in center and use Eric Young, Jr. off the bench, but Collins has indicated otherwise in the past.

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