Projecting the Mets 2014 25-man roster

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

David Wright continues to be the one consistent on the Mets roster every year

David Wright continues to be the one consistent on the Mets roster every year

With games officially underway in Port St. Lucie it is now time to project the Mets 2014 25-man roster. We did this last year and had some success at it so I figure we should try it again. Even though it looks like the Mets didn’t make a lot of changes this offseason, the 25-man roster will look completely different with the exception of the infield.

Infielders: This is the only spot that the Mets didn’t change at all this winter with an external player. However the infield could be changed at some point. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will continue to compete for the first base job. The loser will likely be on the bench, barring a trade. The Mets could still make a move at shortstop but for now, Ruben Tejada will be the starter. Travis d’Arnaud is the only change in the infield. A lot is expected from the young catcher.

  1. David Wright 3B
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. Ruben Tejada SS
  4. Ike Davis/ Lucas Duda 1B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud C

Outfielders: The Mets are unlikely to carry an outfielder on Opening Day that spent Opening Day 2013 with the team. It is a completely revamped outfield. The Mets spent most of their offseason budget on addressing their outfield. All four outfielders should play a lot.

Juan Lagares is the only Met outfielder from 2013 expected to make the team

Juan Lagares is the only Met outfielder from 2013 expected to make the team

  1. Curtis Granderson OF
  2. Chris Young OF
  3. Eric Young Jr. OF
  4. Juan Lagares OF

Starting Pitchers: Without Matt Harvey, this starting rotation is still pretty crowded. The Mets 5th starter spot will likely come down to John Lannan and Dice-K. Jenrry Mejia has been getting consideration for a long relief role. The Mets don’t seem to know what to do with Mejia. As of right now I would bet Dice-K is the Mets fifth starter. This is the order the Mets are expected to go the first time through the order.

  1. Jon Niese LHP
  2. Bartolo Colon RHP
  3. Dillon Gee RHP
  4. Zack Wheeler RHP
  5. Dice-K RHP

Bullpen: This bullpen has the potential to be really good with a lot of young guys but also has the potential to be as bad as it was last year. With very little experience we really don’t know what to expect. The bullpen could change a lot between now and Opening Day. Also keep in mind that Carlos Torres is out of options which makes him near a lock to make the team.

  1. Bobby Parnell RHP

    Vic Black will have a crucial role in the Mets pen

    Vic Black will have a crucial role in the Mets pen

  2. Vic Black RHP
  3. Jose Valverde RHP
  4. Scott Rice LHP
  5. Jeurys Familia RHP
  6. Carlos Torres RHP
  7. Jenrry Mejia RHP

Bench: Other than Anthony Recker the Mets bench will look completely different on Opening Day than it did a year ago. I don’t believe the Mets are done making moves and are still in the hunt for a middle infielder, whether as a starter over Tejada or as a backup.

  1. Josh Satin 1B/3B
  2. Anthony Recker C
  3. Lucas Duda 1B/DH
  4. Middle Infielder (Not on Mets yet)
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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Right now, this early, your projected 25 man roster is as reasonable as anyone’s. John Lannan, Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth all need to pitch well to make the varsity. Dice K has a contract stipulation like he did last year stating that if he isn’t on the MLB roster sometime in May he can bolt. So Lannan needs to make a good showing. I like them both. I am not as sure about Valverde and Farnsworth. Hopefully, their recent poor performances was just getting the kinks out and stretching their veteran arms. I would also like to see another infielder added to the bench. TC will have to decide on Duda or Ike by the 25 man roster cut off date latter this month. For me, in a nut shell these are the stories to watch this month. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike: Other than Dice-K I believe there is no cut off day for anyone else so the Mets just need to make sure they have things in order by Opening Day. Farnsworth looks awful so far so I had him off the roster but again things could change. Also I think Dice-K has a leg up because of his stint with the team last year. Thanks for the comment!

  2. […] at it so I figure we should try it again. Version 1.0 of this roster projection can be found here.  Even though it looks like the Mets didn’t make a lot of changes this offseason, the 25-man […]

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