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Make-the-Mets-o-Meter, April 1, 2015

The Opening Day roster looks pretty close to set at this point.

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Since the previous edition of the Make-the-Mets-o-Meter, things have changed quite a bit. The Mets have sent a couple of players to minor league camp since early Saturday morning, and they traded for a couple of major league relief pitchers who are certain to begin the year on the roster in Alex Torres and Jerry Blevins. With one spring training game and two exhibition games left between now and Opening Day, here’s how everyone from last week’s meter—except for den Dekker, who was traded to Washington for Blevins—llooks now.


Player Comment
Dario Alvarez, LHP It would have been fairly surprising if Alvarez made the roster, even before the trades, but has officially been sent to minor league camp.
Duane Below, LHP Below was on the meter last week because he had gotten a couple of looks in big league game despite being in minor league camp. But with the new lefties, he’s out of the mix for Opening Day.
Chase Bradford, RHP Bradford was officially sent to minor league camp shortly after the last meter ran.
Buddy Carlyle, RHP Despite putting up good numbers last year in the big leagues and still looking good this spring, Carlyle looks to be the odd-man out with the team’s recently-stocked bullpen. But he seems the most likely to make it should anything change with the Mets’ plans for Rafael Montero.
Sean Gilmartin, LHP Despite picking up Torres and Blevins, the Mets are planning to bring Gilmartin north. As a Rule 5 pick, they will have to keep him on the big league roster all season to guarantee they can keep him beyond this year.
Erik Goeddel, RHP There’s a good chance Goeddel will get another shot in the majors this year, but there’s no chance of it happening right now.
Chase Huchingson, LHP Like Below, Huchingson looked like a potential candidate for a bullpen spot, but he’ll start the year in the minors, too.
Rafael Montero, RHP With Dillon Gee starting the year as the Mets’ fifth starter, the front office seems to want Montero in the bullpen from the outset.
Scott Rice, LHP Coming off a rough year, Rice struggled in spring games and was officially sent to minor league camp.
Zach Thornton, RHP Like many other pitchers above, Thornton might have had a shot at a spot in the ‘pen before those two trades.

Position players

Player Comment
Eric Campbell, IF It never really seemed like Campbell wasn’t going to make the roster, and with Cesar Puello on waivers now, his spot is definitely locked up.
Alex Castellanos, OF He’s been sent to minor league camp.
Johnny Monell, C He’s had a good spring and hits from the left side, but there hasn’t been anything to suggest he could beat Anthony Recker for the backup catching gig.
Danny Muno, IF There’s a chance that Daniel Murphy ends up healthy enough to play on Opening Day. That still seems like a remote possibility given the fact that he’s coming back from a hamstring injury, but Muno sounds like the front office’s preference if Murphy is out for the short term.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF With den Dekker dealt, the already-sure-thing for the roster will still be on the roster.
Cesar Puello, OF Puello has been placed on waivers, which means he might not even be in the Mets’ organization in a few days. Of course, he might make it through and report to Vegas, but he will not be on the Opening Day roster.
Anthony Recker, C As mentioned regarding Monell, there just hasn't been any indication that Recker won't start the year in the big leagues.
Matt Reynolds, IF If the aforementioned Murphy injury comes into play, he is probably a better player than Muno, but it sounds like he’s heading to Vegas for now either way.
Ruben Tejada, IF Continuing the Murphy thing, Tejada and Muno could end up platooning in his absence. So he’s still definitely on the team.