In a detailed post for ESPN New York, Adam Rubin sees the Opening Day 25-man roster looking like:
Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner (and eventually Johan Santana) in the starting rotation.
David Wright, Justin Turner, Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada on the infield, with John Buck behind the plate.
Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Jordany Valdespin, Marlon Byrd and Mike Baxter in the outfield.
Anthony Recker (catcher), Omar Quintanilla (infield) and Zach Lutz (third base) on the bench.
In this scenario, Rubin believes Reese Havens, Brandon Hicks, Elvin Ramirez and Cesar Puello, and others, could all be exposed to waivers to make room on the 40-man roster for Byrd, Atchison, Hawkins, Feliciano and Quintanilla.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I trust Rubin’s read on this over any one. It looks mostly right, depending on what happens with Daniel Murphy and Shaun Marcum. I like this rotation (with Santana), and I really like the bullpen (especially since the Mets have options to pull from at Triple-A, as well). The infield is a strength. It’s the outfield that is still hard to believe, considering three of these guys might not even make another team’s roster – let alone actually be in the starting lineup. The thing is, as weak as it looks, it’s still better than what was rolled out last year. Overall, as a full team, I think this is a slightly better squad than 2012. The difference will be the bullpen and whether Travis d’Arnaud and Duda’s power can make up for the possible lack of production in center and right field.