Opinion: Roster projection as of March. 12

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

As I write this, I’d bet Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the final spot in the rotation; Jenrry Mejia goes to Triple-A; Jeurys Familia, John Lannan and Jose Valverde make the final bullpen; and one of Anthony Seratelli or Omar Quintanilla end up on the bench…

Matsuzaka can opt out of his deal if not on the roster by May 1, he’s looked good enough pitching this spring, and it’s just too easy to send Mejia to Triple-A to keep getting work as a starting pitcher. The minute a starting pitcher is needed, Mejia will be promoted. There is always a chance the front office decides to use him in the big-league bullpen. But, in the end, I know they know he’s capable of — and most valuable in — the rotation. I can’t see them jerking him around in the bullpen, given his history of injury, lack of innings at this point in his career, and how he’s been handled in recent seasons.


In the bullpen, I’m starting to see Familia and Lannan as locks to join Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Scott Rice and Carlos Torres. The final spot looks like a battle between veterans Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth. Frankly, neither pitcher is getting high praise from experts watching this spring. However, Valverde is popular in the clubhouse, and his former manager, Jim Leyland, keeps talking him up to Terry Collins – and since Collins loves Leyland, my guess is this has an impact. I had one scout tell me in St. Lucie that Farnsworth needs to retire. Valverde seems to have the inside track.


Thankfully, it’s looking like Lagares will be on the 25-man. I have no idea how he’ll be used, when, how often, who hits leadoff, etc., but his glove is so good it justifies his developing bat. He’ll be fine. He needs to be in Queens.

The final bench spot is a dead heat between Seratelli and Quintanilla. In the event the Mets acquire a starting shortstop, the bench role could go to Ruben Tejada. But, so far, that hasn’t happened…




55 comments
John Paul Hodge
John Paul Hodge

Too much to ask for? Cut Ike Davis. Trade Montero and Kevin Plawecki for Owings. Sign Morales to a 2-year, $24 Million deal. With an Opt out after 1 - for both sides. By then, maybe Dominic Smith is ready.

Lineup:
1- Chris Owings - SS

2- Daniel Murphy - 2B
3- David Wright - 3B
4- Curtis Granderson - RF
5- Kendrys Morales - 1B
6- Chris Young - LF
7- Travis d’Arnaud - C
8- Juan Lagares - CF
9- Pitcher

Bench:
Eric Young Jr. - LF

Anthony Recker, C
Wilmer Flores, 1B/3B/2B
Tejada, SS/2B
Lucas Duda - 1B


Rotation:
Bartolo Colon, rhp
Jonathon Niese, lhp
Zack Wheeler, rhp
Dillon Gee, rhp
Jenrry Mejia rhp

Brooks
Brooks

ugh I'm so happy a competent dude is the GM of this team and not most of if not all of the commenters on this site.

atlmetsfan
atlmetsfan

I don't know what Cerrone is talking about. Dice-K has looked good pitching this spring?? He must be talking about batting practice or something because he looked awful in the 4 innings he pitched last week. Send him packing - give the 5th spot to Mejia or lets stop f***ing around and get Montero on the big club. 

golflady7
golflady7

I am the only one that has noticed that Lagares has the highest average of the "regulars" this spring?! Sometimes I think I am living in the twilight zone with this team and the comments/articles here! Yes, I know, spring training "doesn't matter". But Lagares is the only player I've seen who looks like he is ready for the season! FYI have been home for three weeks with broken ribs so have seen/heard every game!

eric88
eric88

Farnsworth was never very good. Still has a flat fastball. If he makes team won't last 5 weeks. Dice K was all hype, never panned out, won't last. Lannan in BP can work but that's it. Valverde, please.

What a disgrace, all these great kids in farm, and these rejected players on the MLB team. I don't ever want to hear it's about winning, with the Mets it is ALWAYS about money.

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

Matsuzaka can opt out of his deal if not on the roster by May 1, he’s looked good enough pitching this spring, and it’s just too easy to send Mejia to Triple-A to keep getting work as a starting pitcher. The minute a starting pitcher is needed, Mejia will be promoted.


This makes sense if and only if one of our pitchers are traded. Otherwise we have 3 major league ready pitchers. Montero/Mejia/Syndergaard


Not to mention Lannan if you don't want to call someone up before June.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Why be thankful for Lagares just to make the 25 man roster if it still looks like he won't start? How is he supposed to develop his bat from the bench? To me Lagares making the team as a reserve is the by far worst option, so it's of course the 1 the Mets will choose. If TC insists on starting EY then I'd much rather Lagares goes to AAA to start everyday to be ready when injury or EY and/or CY failing opens up a starting job.

tk2120
tk2120

whether its Dice-K or Mejia, i'm ok either way...i like a bullpen of Parnell, Valverde, Familia, Black, Lannan, Rice, and Torres.. Bench of Recker, Satin, Duda, Lagares, and the backup infielder means nothing to me)


d'Arnaud, Davis(i guess), Murphy, Tejada(i guess), Wright, Young, Young, and Granderson

Niese, Colon, Wheeler, Gee, Matsuzaka


i'd love to upgrade at SS & have Flores on the bench though...while Tejada/Quintanilla/Seratelli do whatever it is that they do in AAA...Same goes for 1B...sign Morales & let Davis be awful in Vegas while Duda stays on the bench and begins his career as a wannabe Matt Stairs.

williedd
williedd

Maybe Mejia moves to Seattle for Franklin.

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

I've got Jenrry Mejia getting the fifth starter spot. Dice-K has been very inconsistent in Spring Training so far. Plus after the ridiculously good starts in 2013 that Mejia had before he got hurt, it would be disrespectful to make him go back down to AAA if he performs equal to or better than Dice-K. Those five starts earned him the inside shot at the 5th spot.

Lannan though does seem destined for the ML bullpen.

Farnsworth has looked better than Valverde so far. I think is a lot more likely to make the ML bullpen than Valverde!

The backup shortstop bench spot would seem to be a toss up between Seratelli and Quintanilla. I prefer the versatility and speed of Seratelli, so I am rooting for him to get the spot.

P.S. I would commit to giving Flores every opportunity to prove himself at SS. I would rather have a slightly below average defensive shortstop that will likely hit for average and power, rather than a low average, defensively average guys like Tejada, Drew, and Franklin! If Flores wins the spot, Tejada should go down to AAA, not be given a bench role!


BadContract
BadContract

Our AAA team will be better than the one in the Bigs.

adam
adam

So Valverde, Lannon, and Dice-k will be on roster? Awesome..let's see if Benitez is still around too. Good thing we didn't like what we saw w/ Brian Wilson last year when Sandy watched him throw. Who needs a .069 era in the bullpen anyway?

Doug Hoey
Doug Hoey

As I write this, I'd bet that these predictions change in a week...then in another week...then in another week when the roster is set and I can claim that I am batting 1.000 in predictions

Muhammad Qureshi
Muhammad Qureshi

Curse u Cerrone for saying it, lol. Dice should be out Mejia in pen or rotation.

hashburry
hashburry

You need an expert to see Valverde and Farnsworth are done?  They are perfect fits for the bullpen!

hashburry
hashburry

If somehow this all comes to pass, the Mets will not only stink, they will be exceedingly boring and tough to watch.

John Vastola
John Vastola

I hope Montero and Den Dekker stay. These two are going to be really good.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

What is the point of having these position battles each year if we just give the job to whoever preforms the worst?

mets2014
mets2014

for the first few months mejia should be in the bullpen in an attempt to manage his innings...if all goes well, dice-k pitches well enough to increase his trade value...lagares should start the season in AAA where he could work on his offense on an everyday basis...again if all goes well c young plays well enough to increase his trade value...remember folks the roster going into opening day is very rarely the same roster right after the trade deadline

Shawn Mike Rolli
Shawn Mike Rolli

2 earn runs ok I take pitching back omg tejeda made a play lmao

1harris1
1harris1

Dice K being the 5th starter is just ridiculous with all the young pitching they have. There's no reason for all of these guys to be in the minors at the start of the season. Pick one for the rotation now (I would go with Mejia), and go from there.

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

This club may be looking up at last season's 74 win disaster at the end of September.  

coppola8
coppola8

re lagares if you look at his double, triples,  and hrs in limited starts and given a cf position he has above average power in the bat. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

It should be Mejia's spot to lose and he has done nothing to lose it.

Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray

Mejia should get 5th spot, Flores at SS and Legares CF. Lets see what these guys can do. Give them a shot. Then going into next year the Mets will finally know what they have. Then stay with them or move them.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Mejia to AAA?! What's a guy gotta do to earn a spot?  Insanity. 

ac0814
ac0814

It really would be a shame is Dice-K gets the spot over Mejia. Unless Mejia is traded to the d-backs, he should be in the big league rotation.

John Schod
John Schod

Like it...why not cut Tejada and keep Satin.

James
James

@golflady7  I am sure that is helping him, but remember Ike Davis tore it up in Spring Training last year, but I agree in general, Legares should be getting more of a shot for CF right now.

Brooks
Brooks

@eric88  well hello mr. short-sighted.

James
James

@Michael Fichera  I don't agree that Thor is ready, he has pitched well, but him getting a couple months in the minors is fine.  It probably wouldn't kill Mejia to get more time with his injury, but I agree I think Mejia and Montero look ready.

javy180
javy180

@Brian Webster  I agree but Lagares should be the starting CF case close. EY is a bench player.


Doug Hoey
Doug Hoey

@Attorney Pooze Pozi  I can't get past the fact that you have Drew possibly batting 5th. That alone makes this lineup horrendous

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

It could.. but massive question marks at c, cf, 1b, LF and need murphy to be a bit more productive too.

vimets
vimets

What about this line up:

Franklin (2b)

Drew (ss)

Wright (3b)

Grandy (LF)

C Young (RF)

Murphy (1b)

d'Arnaud (c)

Lagares (CF)

Pitcher

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Flores can not play ss at the ML level.

How bad do you think he was in the minors to be moved off the position considering the system has no depth there? I'm not sure why some people aren't grasping this.

DMMP
DMMP

@Jeff Gray  Agreed 200%, unless the team trades for a SS (I personally don't want Drew, who I think is going to be WAY overpaid.)

vimets
vimets

Mejia will get his chance when he's out of options.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@chasesimms Yuu have to be a "vet." Terry won't start anyone that doesn't have dat experience doe.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@vimets  That is probably the best idea I've seen all winter/spring. I wish I could upvote it +1000