Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, March 13

Update, March 13, 11:17 p.m.:

The Mets made three cuts this afternoon, bringing their camp total down to 54 players.

With precisely 24 days left until Opening Day, we’ve received a bit of clarity on what the Mets’ roster will look like April 6 in Washington. For our purposes, I’m considering everyone in big league camp in contention for a roster spot — until they get cut.

IMG_2801Lineup:
CF Juan Lagares
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Curtis Granderson
C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Wilmer Flores

As much as manager Terry Collins has discussed tinkering with certain things, such as moving Granderson into the leadoff spot or dropping Murphy down in the order, I just don’t see him doing it for Opening Day. Those tinkerings will come later in the season — maybe even later in April — if the Mets begin scuffling.

Bench:
C Anthony Recker
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF John Mayberry, Jr.

INF Ruben Tejada
INF Eric Campbell

Again, not much up for debate here. Recker and Nieuwenhuis are out of options, giving them huge advantages heading into camp. Mayberry is on a guaranteed contract, making him a lock. Campbell’s versatility makes him a shoo-in as well.

Rotation:
RHP Zack Wheeler
RHP Matt Harvey

RHP Jacob deGrom
RHP Bartolo Colon
LHP Jon Niese

The order is unclear, and any lingering soreness in Wheeler’s right elbow could play a role in that decision. Harvey is not an Opening Day candidate but will pitch one of the other first five games, Collins has said.

Bullpen:
RHP Jenrry Mejia (CL)
RHP Jeurys Familia

RHP Vic Black
RHP Carlos Torres
RHP Dillon Gee
LHP Sean Gilmartin
RHP Rafael Montero

Left-hander Josh Edgin’s elbow injury means he won’t be ready for Opening Day, even if he chooses rehab over surgery. Former closer Bobby Parnell, likewise, will open the season on the disabled list. That opens the door for Gilmartin, a Rule 5 pick, though Dario Alvarez or Scott Rice could certainly swipe that spot. Montero will need to beat out Buddy Carlyle, who not on the 40-man roster and thus at a disadvantage. If Black’s shoulder tendinitis continues to bother him, that could open up yet another spot.

Disabled list:
RHP Bobby Parnell, LHP Josh Edgin.

Still in camp:
C Johnny Monell*, C Kevin Plawecki*, INF Brandon Allen*, INF Dilson Herrera, INF Danny Muno*, INF Matt Reynolds*, INF Wilfredo Tovar, OF Alex Castellanos*, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Cesar Puello, RHP Matt Bowman*, RHP Chase Bradford*, RHP Buddy Carlyle*, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Akeel Morris, RHP Tyler Pill*, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Cody Satterwhite*, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Zack Thornton*, RHP Jon Velasquez*, RHP Gabriel Ynoa, LHP Dario Alvarez, LHP Jack Leathersich, LHP Steven Matz, RHP Scott Rice*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

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