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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 3/17

We’re now two weeks away from Opening Day, and I still have no idea who the starting second baseman will be in Flushing. And I’m pretty sure the Mets have no idea either.

Manager Terry Collins has taken time this week to praise Luis Hernandez, who started at second base for the Mets down the stretch last season. But with nothing more than a handful of spring statistics under his belt, has he really leapfrogged Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo in the competition? Seems unlikely, though perhaps Hernandez could land a bench role in lieu of Chin-lung Hu. Anything’s possible. To that end, it would still surprise me to see Castillo on the Opening Day roster…but it certainly wouldn’t shock me.

For now, I suppose, I’ll stick with Emaus, my original pick. But I will remove Carlos Beltran from the projected roster, under the growing assumption that he will start the season on the disabled list. I just can’t see him being ready in two weeks’ time.

C – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Angel Pagan
OF – Lucas Duda
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 – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Jason Isringhausen*
RP – Manny Acosta

In
the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Luis Hernandez, IF Justin Turner, RHP
Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Oliver
Perez, LHP Pat Misch, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof
Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

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

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 3/10

I’m not going to count Carlos Beltran out for Opening Day just yet, considering the company line is a minor case of tendinitis. But if Beltran continues to sit out Grapefruit League games, he could have to start the season on the disabled list, possibly pushing Nick Evans, Lucas Duda or Fernando Martinez onto the Opening Day roster.

Also, if Brad Emaus continues to struggle, this may be the last week I project him onto the Opening Day roster. Even now, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt:

beltrandirty.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 – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Jason Isringhausen*
RP – Manny Acosta

In
the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, RHP
Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Oliver
Perez, LHP Pat Misch, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof
Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

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

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

In case you missed it: 2/28

It’s easy for stories to get lost in the shuffle down here in Spring Training, with so much going on daily. Each Monday, I’m going to try to recap what happened on Mets.com and the greater world of baseball over the past week.

Monday, Feb. 21: The first new addition I profiled in camp was D.J. Carrasco, a versatile reliever from the D-backs by way of Northern California. Ostensibly trying out for the team as a starter, Carrasco will most likely fill the jack-of-all-trades role left vacant by the departed Hisanori Takahashi. He also has a sweet collection of vintage cars. Also Monday, new manager Terry Collins summoned some brimstone and fire in addressing the team prior to the first full-squad workout.

Tuesday, Feb. 22: Marty Noble filled in for me this day and interviewed Willie Harris and Scott Hairston about their history of beating the Mets with spectacular catches. Harris and Hairston are the two favorites to win backup outfield jobs this spring. Noble also provided union chief Michael Weiner’s take on the Francisco Rodriguez contract situation.

Wednesday, Feb. 23: Known for their diversity, the Mets draw many players from Latin America and Asia. But Germany? I wrote Wednesday about Kai Gronauer, a rare European prospect looking to hook on with the Mets. Also making news was Collins’ admission that had it been his choice, he would have kept Jenrry Mejia confined to the Minors last season.

Thursday, Feb. 24: Mets fans know Luis Castillo, they know Daniel Murphy and, to some extent, they even know Justin Turner. (They also know Jason Isringhausen, who is working on a new pitch in camp — but that’s beside the point.) But most do not yet know Brad Emaus, the fourth candidate in the second base competition and perhaps the favorite for the job.

Friday, Feb. 25: Some troubling off-the-field news surfaced Friday, when the Mets confirmed that Major League Baseball loaned them money to deal with a “short-term liquidity issue.” On the baseball front, things went smoother, with top prospect Matt Harvey discussing his offseason and Hairston homering twice in an intrasquad game.

Saturday, Feb. 26: Grapefruit League play began Saturday with a 5-5 tie against the Braves. Starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia, whose future remains conflicted, hit 94 miles per hour on the stadium radar gun. The Mets also announced that single-game tickets will go on sale March 14.

Sunday, Feb. 27: Oliver Perez’s bid to make the team began sourly, when the lefty allowed four runs in two innings against the Braves. Noble had the report from Orlando. Back home at Port St. Lucie, the Mets beat the University of Michigan, 7-1, in an exhibition at Digital Domain Park. With Sandy Koufax in attendance, Chris Capuano started and pitched two strong innings. Some sad news also broke Sunday, however, when Koufax’s former teammate with the Dodgers, Duke Snider, passed away at 84.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Previewing Mets position battles

Every Major League team has a few position battles in Spring Training, and the Mets are no exception. We’ll have plenty more on these over the next few weeks on Mets.com, but for now, a quick look at what to watch for come spring:

beltranslidingfielding.jpg1. CENTER FIELD
The contenders: Carlos Beltran, Angel Pagan
The edge: Beltran

For the first time in 13 seasons, Beltran will walk into camp without a firm grip on the starting center field job. Missing the majority of last season with right knee issues, Beltran watched as his countryman stepped in and established himself as a legitimate everyday center fielder. Upon Beltran’s return, Pagan shifted to right — but there was no doubt that he remained the better player both at the plate and in the field.

Another offseason of rehabilitation should have Beltran and his knee in better shape come spring. But at 33 years old, can he still be an elite defensive center fielder? The Mets may be better served putting Pagan in center, considering the impressive quickness and glovework he displayed last season. But Beltran’s value would be higher at his natural position, so if the Mets really do intend to trade him before his seven-year contract expires after the season, they may give Beltran the outfield edge.

All that’s clear right now is that whoever loses this battle will start in right field. And whoever wins will be entrenched in center regardless of injuries, slumps and overall results.

2. SECOND BASE
The contenders: Luis Castillo, Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy
The edge: Emaus

For the sake of this exercise, we’ll ignore Justin Turner, Luis Hernandez and Chin-lung Hu, all of whom are effectively competing for bench spots. The real battle here is between Murphy, who has spent much of the last year attempting to prove his defensive prowess at second base, and Emaus, a Rule 5 pick from the Blue Jays. Emaus’ Rule 5 status gives him an early edge in this battle because if he does not make the team, the Mets would need to offer him back to the Jays for $25,000. In addition, Emaus would provide a right-handed bat at the bottom of a lineup that already includes lefties Ike Davis and Josh Thole. And his presence at second would allow the Mets to keep Murphy stashed on the bench, where he could serve as a sort of super-sub at first base, second, third and left field.

That’s a pretty significant edge for Murphy to overcome. But the Mets remain hopeful regarding Murphy’s offensive ceiling. If he outperforms Emaus with the bat in Spring Training, the job could (and should) be his.

As for Castillo, there’s really only one scenario in which he makes the team: he rakes in Spring Training while the other two falter. Otherwise, the Mets know, they’d be better served to cut him and the $6 million remaining on his contract.

3. BULLPEN
The contenders: Taylor Tankersley, Taylor Buchholz, Ryota Igarashi, Pedro Beato, Manny Acosta, Pat Misch, Oliver Perez
The edge: Tankersley, Buchholz, Beato, Acosta

Of what appears to be a total of seven spots in the bullpen, only Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell and D.J. Carrasco will head into camp with guaranteed roles. Tankersley, the strongest lefty candidate, is on a non-guaranteed Minor League deal but should make the team. Buchholz, barring a poor spring performance, should as well.

That leaves two spots for Beato, Acosta, Igarashi, Misch and Perez — and it’s truly impossible to handicap this battle without seeing them perform on spring. On paper, Beato has an edge due to his Rule 5 status. Igarashi is owed $1.75 million this season, providing the Mets with some incentive to give him innings. But he has also cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, meaning the Mets won’t risk losing him if he doesn’t make the team.

The Mets like — but don’t love — Acosta as a middle-innings guy, so they’re pleased he missed the arbitration cutoff by a relatively slim margin. But that won’t guarantee him a job — he’ll have to earn it. Misch will make the team only if manager Terry Collins deems it necessary to keep a long man. And Perez? Not likely.

It’s possible also that a Minor Leaguer could surprise in Spring Training and make the team. But right now, with a little less than a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie, Beato and Acosta appear to be the early favorites to round out the bullpen.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 1/13

This is the first in what I intend to make a weekly exercise, every Thursday, leading up to the final day of Spring Training. I will project the Opening Day roster as I see it, taking into account only what information we know — current roster makeup, special circumstances and, eventually, Spring Training performances. I will not project what free agents the Mets may still sign or what trades they may make. If you’re into that sort of thing, head on over to MLB.com’s Hot Stove Blog. So yes, the Mets are almost certain to sign another starting pitcher, and yes, they’ll probably sign a backup outfielder, as well. But they haven’t yet, so for the purposes of this exercise we’re ignoring those possibilities.

murphystanding.jpgWithout further ado:

C – 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 – Nick Evans
Bench – Jason Pridie
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Capuano
SP – Dillon Gee
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Ryota Igarashi
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Because Ronny Paulino has eight games remaining on his PED suspension, Nickeas makes the team as a backup catcher. Pridie makes by default; I fully expect the Mets to sign a free agent outfielder between now and Spring Training, but right now, they have no other options on the 40-man roster. I have Emaus starting at second base because Murphy, despite his defensive limitations, is the more versatile bench player. Gee makes the team due to Johan Santana’s injury; a Chris Young signing would change that. And without having seen the back end of the bullpen in action, Beato and Igarashi get the edge over Manny Acosta and Pat Misch due to their Rule 5 status and $1.75 million contract, respectively.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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