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Complete list of non-roster invitees

Nearly every pitcher and catcher has reported to camp; the remaining few stragglers (Here’s to you, Johan Santana) should arrive Tuesday. But what interests us most here at Mets Cetera are the folks on the fringe — the players who may or may not make the team.

That said, below is a complete list of the non-roster invitees expected in camp. Generally speaking, these players have the steepest routes to roster spots, because in order to keep them, the Mets will need to cut someone else off the 40-man roster.

Boof Bonser, RHP
Blaine Boyer, RH
Tim Byrdak, LHP
Ryota Igarashi, RHP
Mike O’Connor, LHP
Tobi Stoner, RHP
Taylor Tankersley, LHP
Raul Chavez, C
Kai Gronauer, C
Dusty Ryan, C
Russ Adams, INF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
Willie Harris, OF
Jason Pridie, OF

Of the above players, Tankersley, Byrdak and Harris appear to have the strongest chances of making the team.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 1/20

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time again to project the Opening Day roster, an exercise we will undertake every week here until Opening Day. There are some significant changes since last week, after the Mets all but finished their offseason shopping with the acquisitions of Chris Young, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston. Remember, this list includes only those players currently on the roster — not those the Mets may yet acquire:

chrisRyoung.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 – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Once again, Nickeas cracks the roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension. Young slides into the rotation, knocking Dillon Gee back to the Minors. And the presence of both Hairston and Harris does the same for Nick Evans. He’s out of options, helping his chances, but Evans will nonetheless have to hit his way onto the team in Spring Training. I still like Emaus’s chances to win the second base competition, and Terry Collins said this week that he thinks Murphy could be invaluable to the Mets as a super-sub off the bench. The only other change is Acosta making the team over Ryota Igarashi, who cleared waivers last week and has been outrighted to Triple-A. Igarashi may still make the team over Buchholz, Acosta or Beato, though the latter two have advantages due to being out of options and having Rule 5 status, respectively.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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