Mets Opening Day 2013 25-man Roster
Here they are, your 2013 New York Mets (for now):
Shaun Marcum (DL)
Justin Turner or Zach Lutz
Scott Rice makes his first Opening Day roster after 14 years in the minors. He slots in as the alternate LOOGY to Josh Edgin.
In the event Shaun Marcum begins the season on the disabled list, it’s assumed that either Collin McHugh or Aaron Laffey take his spot on the roster and in the rotation.
In the event Jeremy Hefner allows 5 homeruns per start, there is no backup plan. The hope is that the wind blows in until May, when
it makes better financial sense to promote Zack Wheeler should have enough AAA seasoning.
I’ve heard somewhere that Jeurys Familia has made the club, though I’ve also heard that Greg Burke made the club, and if both have made it, I’m not sure how they’re both going to fit after Marcum is activated from the DL for his first start (presumably April 7).
I was slightly surprised that the Mets groomed Familia for the bullpen from the outset of spring training. Although he looks to me like his ceiling is as a middle reliever, it seems early to give up on the 23-year-old’s potential as a starter. For the Mets, 28 AAA starts in 2012 were enough to convince them that Familia’s ultimate big-league role is in the bullpen. With Jenrry Mejia suffering more elbow pain and out until at least mid-May, the Mets might’ve considered stretching out Familia as a starter again, but it seems they’re intent on keeping him in the ‘pen. Then again, Las Vegas may already have a full rotation. Familia struck out 13 in 13 innings this spring, but also walked 8.
To me, Burke wasn’t especially impressive. His sidearm motion looks awkward, but not the kind of awkward that would fool hitters — awkward as in lacking control of his body and the baseball. He reminds me very much of Sean Green — not “under” enough to be truly different / unusual for a batter, not enough velocity to scare anyone, not enough sink to be a groundball machine, and no “out” pitch for swings and misses.
It didn’t surprise me that Robert Carson was demoted to AAA. As much as I really want to like him, he’s yet to show me anything to suggest he can retire MLB hitters consistently. His 13-inning audition last year in the bigs was uneven, and he didn’t show anything particularly devastating — his stuff looks ordinary. This spring, he looked very hittable — and he allowed a startling 5 homers in 12 IP. Granted, it’s Florida, and the wind often blows out, but it looked to me like he was regularly leaving pitches over the middle of the plate, begging to be swatted.
Brandon Lyon wasn’t particularly impressive, either (14 hits in 9 IP), but he was the only free-agent given a MLB contract, so he goes north. It’s quite possible, that with his job secure, he merely was working on things.
It’s assumed that Justin Turner makes the club if he’s healthy; if not, Lutz is there.
That’s it – any comments?
This I think is probably a sound move financially, I just worry if it’s going to lead anywhere. I can take losing badly as long as it’s losing badly this year with a purpose or goal in mind for next year and the future. I’m yet to see one – that doesn’t mean it isn’t there of course but, man. It’s going to be a long season.
to help the mets have a good year(80-90wins) He traded a
Cy young winner for 2 prospects and Buck, don’t get me
wrong I can’t wait for Travis D and Wheeler to come up but
all I’m saying is SA could have tryed to improve the club
for 2013 instead of writing it off!! iF Wheeler & Travis D
had started this season with the mets they might at least
been able to compete and have a better year like 500 but
with them both not coming up till the service time issue
is full filled it will be to late for 2013 but 2014 with Travis D
and Wheeler and maybe Montero and Fulmer from the
start of the season should be a much better year!
I agree with the three opinions already stated because as I look at the roster and wonder how far away this team is from being a prominent contender, I notice:
– the starting pitching is one reliable starter away (allowing for Wheeler to fill the other spot);
– the bullpen has some arms that were reliable in the past, but I would think the back end can use some help;
– the infield is ok, especially with d’Arnaud;
– the outfield is a disappointment. It lacks athleticism and promise. Duda needs to hit 35-40 HRs to make up for his defense and Byrd never had power or speed, but does play above average defense. Does he however belong on a team of 25-27 year olds? Do they think they will trade him for Castellanos in July? Valdespin is not as good a fielder as Byrd, but we need to see what he can do. Nieuwenhuis and Baxter are the same type of player and Cowgill seems like a good complement from the right side.
This team is not “a couple of guys away”, as we are told. It is Wheeler, d’Arnaud, and four more guys away. Assuming someone from the outfield shows themselves to be starting MLB level, they need two more outfielders (one of them a stud), a back-end bullpen guy, and a reliable starting pitcher. That seems to me as quite a bit of work to be done. Sandy and his staff need to get to work.
Folks, I hope our team gives us all some success to enjoy this year.
They will have around 40M to get such people plus if they want (and he shows evidence of worth) trade Duda (and maybe others) to get such people. Work to be done, but the team should be a real WC contender if things go their way in ’14. The Nats have the division for a few years if they stay as they are.
The Mets offense was bad last year. It will be worse. The third best offensive player was Hairston He was replaced with Byrd. Ugh. The Mets should get more out of the catcher spot, but not significantly more. Not yet. Last year Tejada was good in the first half, not so good in the second half, terrible in this spring training. I would not be surprised if he is in the minors sometime this year. I think Wright might of seen more bases loaded opportunities during the WBC then he will all year — the top of the order is that bad. He certainly will have seen more hittable pitches in RBI situations in the WBC then he will during the season. But that is good news for Ike Davies who is further from desert fever. This might be a big RBI year for Davies with Wright being league leader in walks.
I don’t see the Mets adding major league talent during the year. If anything, I hope they trade away players like Buck, Hawkins, and Marcum (if he is active).
That said, I am still excited because I do wanna watch Harvey and Wheeler and d`Arnaud and Wright and I hope the others all live up to the flashes of greatness they showed in the first half of last year. Hey, it’s baseball — you never know.
some very insightful comments. knuckelballers can’t be replaced. Santana can’t be replaced. Hairston is difficult to replace. Other guys are injury prone; the entire infield has had recent injury issues though Davis seems to have healed. 72-74 wins is what I would predict, only bec I think Harvey and Wheeler will be the best young duo on the team since Gooden and Darling or Seaver and Kooz. If wright or murphy or tejada are injured, I would predict 68 wins.
Excellent point about the Dickey effect on the opponent. 71-72 wins is unfortunately the range. 60s are much more likely than 81. But, as you say, it’s baseball, and starting tomorrow I will root for the unlikely, despite the lame ownership and weak GM performance.
I can understand the deals involving Beltran and Dickey. But, to let a vital cog like Jose walk away with nothing but a
future draft pick is unforgivable.
Right there I knew they didn’t give a hoot about winning. I agreed with their two trades. Many people say that they gave up on their season by trading Beltran, but they weren’t ready to win a world series and that’s the goal. The two trades brought youth and talent, but one more would have given us a leadoff hitter/centerfielder and maybe a right fielder in Todd Frazier.
That said, the Mets definitely should have traded him to someone…
Perhaps the Mets have evaluated their talent correctly, and Familia’s a reliever, and Valdespin and Nieuwenhuis are bench guys. That at least wouldn’t be a failure of management to stick to a plan; it’d only be a failure of our system to develop good players. Sigh…