Mets still looking for bench players, depending on rest of roster

The Mets could still acquire a back-up outfielder or middle infielder, depending on what happens with the shortstop market, Ruben Tejada and Ike Davis, Sandy Alderson said this week (Rubin, Jan. 7).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I recall during the Winter Meetings that the Mets were among teams with interest in Jamey Carroll and Cesar Izturis, who I assume would be offered minor-league deals with a chance to compete in spring training.

If you look at the roster, there is a lot up in the air, which is sort of what Alderson is telling Rubin in that post. I mean, if Ike is traded, or they sign Stephen Drew — or both, or neither — it totally changes their needs. And, to a certain extent, this will continue through Spring Training. But, one thing the organization kept saying at the end of last season was that they were hellbent on beginning 2014 with a set 25-man roster. They did not want to go in to the season with a variety of platoons and positions in flux, mixing and matching through April and May. This report from Rubin indicates that may be more difficult than they anticipated.

15 comments
Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

Aside from Wright, Murphy and Granderson the whole roster is comprised of bench players....Hey Wilpons, stop spending those millions buying properties up and down the East Coast and put some money back into the team already!!

scottk
scottk

how about a guy with the name Justin Turner ! SMH

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

No chance to compete with the current roster. This is another load of bs we have been handed

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

We got plenty of bench players....we need upgrades over them.

Metsnow
Metsnow

Really?? What have they done since replacing Harvey with Colon and basically Grandy for Byrd. This team still looks a whole lot like last year with very little changes to a roster that needed a complete overhaul. Isn't that what Sandy said????

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

They have a whole team of bench players! How about getting some legit ML players

Darren DeVivo
Darren DeVivo

Well, they shouldn't have cut ties with Justin Turner or Mike Baxter. And why is John Buck suddenly not a viable option to be a back up?

Richard J Brienza
Richard J Brienza

Sign Drew and you have 3-4 automatic guys who wouldn't even be bench players ,just minor leaguers on any other team

Hodges14
Hodges14

Aside from Granderson what have they done to get away from platoons and positions in flux this winter?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@MetsnowThis is what you get when a team is desperate, has choices limited by lack of money and tradeable players, and every other team smells it.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Metsnow I agree.  If they are done adding legit talent for this winter then they didn't make a very genuine attempt to compete in 2014.

Joe Wenzel
Joe Wenzel

They can do better than Turner and Baxter.  John Buck is not an option because Collins will play him as the starter and Alderson rightfully so wants to see what he has in D'Arnaud and the only way you can see that is to make him the regular from the beginning of the season.  He doesn't trust Collins, and besides Buck still wants to be a starter.