5 Players Who Won’t Make New York Mets’ 2014 Opening Day Roster
5 Mets Who Won't Make Opening Day Roster
The New York Mets made a lot of changes this offseason. Additions like Curtis Granderson and Chris Young are certainly going to leave a few players off the roster when Opening Day rolls around.
Granderson and Young have a solid grasp on two of the starting jobs, and if Terry Collins has his way, Eric Young, Jr. will take the other starting job. That only leaves two more spots for outfielders on the roster.
That means that those two outfielders will have to come off the bench. That limits what Collins and GM Sandy Alderson can do, because they will want some of the younger players to play everyday, and that means that those players will be forced to go down to the minors.
That same problem is showing itself in the bullpen. With the recent signings of Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth, some of the young arms who pitched from the Mets bullpen out of necessity last year, find themselves without a job this year. With Bobby Parnell pretty much a lock for the closer role, and Farnsworth and Valverde likely to control the 7th and 8th inning, respectively, not much room is left for the workhorses from last year.
Then there's the infield. Between injuries to David Wright and Ruben Tejada, and the disaster that was the first base position, the Mets needed a lot of help just to field an infield. They got serviceable work from some players, but now that the Mets hope to have those problems resolved, somebody is sure to be left out in the cold.
The only question left to ask is: who gets left out in the cold?
5. Taylor Teagarden
Taylor Teagarden is the only man on this list who was not on the team last year. Teagarden spent last year as the backup catcher for the Baltimore Orioles.
Teagarden will most likely be left off the Opening Day roster because he is not on the 40-man roster, while Travis d'Arnaud and Anthony Recker are. So barring an outstanding Spring Training, Teagarden will be left out.
4. Matt den Dekker
Matt den Dekker is one of those outfielders likely to get left out. His bat just isn't an asset, and while he can play great defense, it's just not good enough to make up for his bat.
3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Kirk Nieuwenhuis has enjoyed some success at the major league level, which gives him an upper-hand on den Dekker if the Mets decide they want a lefty-bat off the bench in the outfield. If they don't place that as a high priority, expect the Mets to take Juan Lagares and Andrew Brown as their fourth and fifth outfielders, leaving Nieuwenhuis and den Dekker in AAA.
2. Gonzalez Germen
The Mets bullpen might have over-exceeded some expectations last year, however, that wasn't very hard to do.
This year the Mets come in with Farnsworth and Valverde to hand the ball off to Parnell, that's going to leave some of the arms in the minors. Gonzalez Germen is likely to be the most prominent man left out, as he will be sent to AAA to make sure he gets regular appearances.
1. Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores is the most noticeable player on this list, as he has been a highly regarded prospect for a few years now. Last year, he showed some significant holes in his game. Among them, lack of range in the field and a not so strong arm. That's bad news for a shortstop, not to mention his lack of offensive production.
He benefited last year from injuries to Wright and Tejada, barring similar injuries this year he won't start the year on the team.