By Steven Inman

The Mets must get Daniel Murphy (calf) healthy before Opening Day

The Mets must get Daniel Murphy (calf) healthy before Opening Day

With just 10 days left until Opening Day 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. 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 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. Terry Collins said the job will go to whoever is “healthiest”. That signals how disappointing the two have been and whoever is healthy will likely play against right-handers at first base. 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. Jon Niese is likely to come off the DL in time to pitch the Mets 5th game on April 6th. That would make Dillon Gee the Mets Opening Day starter. This would also allow the Mets to add an extra bench player through the first couple of games.

(DL) Jon Niese LHP

  1. Dillon Gee RHP
  2. Bartolo Colon RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler RHP
  4. 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 a lock to make the team.

14. Bobby Parnell RHP (Closer)

  1. Vic Black RHP
  2. Jose Valverde RHP
  3. Scott Rice LHP
  4. Jeurys Familia RHP
  5. Carlos Torres RHP
  6. John Lannan LHP

Bench: Other than Anthony Recker the Mets bench will look completely different on Opening Day than it did a year ago. I didn’t believe the Mets were done making moves and are still in the hunt for a middle infielder, whether as a starter over Tejada or as a backup.However with time running out on that, lets assume Tejada is the starter which would likely make Omar Quintanilla his backup.

21. Andrew Brown (Until Niese is activated from the DL)

  1. Josh Satin 1B/3B
  2. Anthony Recker C
  3. Lucas Duda 1B/DH
  4. Omar Quintanilla

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