5 New York Mets Who Won’t Make it Through 2014 Spring Training
5 New York Mets That Won't Make It Through 2014 Spring Training
It may still be January, but the start of Spring Training for the 2014 season is less than three weeks away. For teams like the New York Mets, Spring Training is a time of renewed hope and a fresh start as everyone is tied in the standings and anything can happen. It can be the same for players, as many are with a new team trying to make a good first impression with their new manager and their new teammates.
Spring Training can also be a fresh start for players coming off a down season that are hoping to turn things around, as well as a great opportunity for younger players that are hoping to burst onto the scene with a major league team for the first time. There are always positions that are open to competition during Spring Training, giving young players a chance to play their way onto the team and avoid being sent back to the minors at the start of the season.
But for some, Spring Training is their last chance. Every team has players that come to Spring Training with a lot they need to prove just to keep their job, or even their place in the organization. After all, Spring Training ends with rosters being cut to 25, and not every player is going to make it to the end of camp as a part of the team. Here are five players in the Mets' camp that could be a roster casualty and won’t be a part of the team when Spring Training is over.
5. Gonzalez Germen
Germen is on the periphery of the Mets’ bullpen at the moment, but the team is still trying to add a veteran reliever before the season starts. There is a large contingent of prospects that could contribute out of the bullpen in 2014, which could make it hard for Germen to lock down a spot on the Opening Day roster. Germen is a decent pitcher with a good changeup, but if one of the Mets' younger pitchers like Jeff Walters and Cory Mazzoni earns a spot on the team out of Spring Training, he could be a roster casualty.
4. Andrew Brown
Brown could be a useful player and give the Mets a right-handed bat off the bench with some power. However, the Mets have four outfielders that could all be everyday players. A long list of competitors at first base and a cluttered bench probably doesn’t leave room for Brown on the roster. On top of that, two of the Mets’ top outfield prospects, Cesar Puello and Cory Vaughn, could both make their big league debut at some point in 2014, so there’s little incentive for the Mets to keep Brown.
3. Zach Lutz
This is really a shame because Lutz can really hit. However, he is getting old and he needs to beat out both Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores for the corner infielder job, which isn't likely to happen. The Mets will probably have to free up a few spots on the 40-man roster towards the end of Spring Training, at which point Lutz will be on the chopping block.
2. Ike Davis
The Mets have tried and failed to trade Davis all offseason, and now they have no choice but to bring him to Spring Training. However, that doesn't mean he’ll be with the Mets at the start of the season. There are a lot of candidates for the first base job, and Davis would have to perform at a high level during the spring to convince the Mets that he can recover from the problems he had last year. The Mets don’t have many options left for Davis, but they could still trade him during Spring Training, or just release him if he doesn't win the starting job.
1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis
This spring should be the end of the line for Nieuwenhuis. He’s had some opportunities over the past few seasons, but has never been able to hit consistently enough in the big leagues to secure a job. The Mets signed two outfielders in the offseason and have an elite defensive center fielder in Juan Lagares. Meanwhile, several of their top outfield prospects like Cesar Puello and Matt den Dekker are close to reaching the big leagues, and that leaves no room for Nieuwenhuis in the Mets’ plans.
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