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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.

Mets to sign backup catcher Paulino?

The Mets are set to sign former Marlins and Pirates catcher Ronny Paulino to back up Josh Thole, according to a report on ESPN.com. But a New York Post report later refuted that, indicating that the Mets are “working through a list” of free-agent catcher candidates.

Paulino, 29, hit .259 last season, missing the final 42 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He will need to sit out the first eight games of next season to complete the suspension.

The Mets had considered signing a more experienced catcher to back up and mentor the 24-year-old Thole, but opted instead for Paulino, a veteran of five full big league seasons.

–Anthony DiComo

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