Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, 3/18

With the latest round of cuts in place, here’s an updated roster projection. First, a rules refresher:

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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… so no Stephen Drew or Nick Franklin.
  • For our purposes, any healthy player in big league camp will be considered in the running for a roster spot.

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:
OF Juan Lagares
OF Andrew Brown
1B/OF Lucas Duda

1B/3B Josh Satin
1B/2B/3B/SS/OF Anthony Seratelli*
C Anthony Recker

Rotation:
RH
P Dillon Gee
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka*

Bullpen:
RHP Bobby Parnell (CL)
RHP Jose Valverde*

RHP Vic Black
RHP Jeurys Familia
RHP Carlos Torres
LHP Scott Rice
LHP John Lannan

Injured:
RHP LHP Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, RHP Jeremy Hefner

In the running:
C Taylor Teagarden*, INF Wilmer Flores, INF Zach Lutz, INF Eric Campbell*, INF Omar Quintanilla*, OF Andrew Brown, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RHP Miguel Socolovich*, RHP Jenrry Mejia, RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP John Lannan*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

Notes:
The Mets are down to 40 players in camp, which is saying something considering they began with 64. … Though Jon Niese has no structural damage in his elbow, there’s a decent chance the Mets push him back from his Opening Day start. If he spends the first few games of the year on the disabled list, that would free up the Mets to use a six-man bench to open the year, clearing a spot for Andrew Brown or Wilmer Flores. I chose Brown, giving the Mets a bit more outfield depth. I also have John Lannan making the bullpen, where he can step into the rotation if Niese suffers a setback.

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