The Mets have added infielder Amed Rosario, outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, right-handed pitchers Marcos Molina and Chris Flexen, and catcher Tomas Nido to their 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. As it stands now, the Mets’ 40-man roster is now full.
Earlier this week, Greg Karam took a look at the Mets’ minor league players who were eligible for the draft. Rosario hit .324 with five home runs and 19 steals between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2016. Becerra, known for being part of the R.A. Dickey trade, hit .312 with one home run, 34 RBI, and seven steals in High-A in 2016.
The 21-year-old Molina missed all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery started working his way back in the Arizona Fall League. Flexen had a 3.56 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 134 innings in St. Lucie this year.
Lastly, Nido had a breakout year in St. Lucie, as he hit .320 with seven home runs. The Mets’ catching situation is less than clear so it’s not surprising that Nido was protected from the draft.