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Mets announce Opening Day roster

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The official 30-man roster is now set for Friday, and it includes some surprises.

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The Mets officially announced their Opening Day 30-man roster this afternoon. The roster includes 14 pitchers and 16 hitters, with nine relievers and seven bench players. Here is the full roster:

Pitchers

  • Dellin Betances
  • Jacob deGrom
  • Edwin Diaz
  • Jeurys Familia
  • Seth Lugo
  • Steven Matz
  • Corey Oswalt
  • Rick Porcello
  • Paul Sewald
  • Chasen Shreve
  • Drew Smith
  • Hunter Strickland
  • Michael Wacha
  • Justin Wilson

Catchers

  • Tomas Nido
  • Wilson Ramos
  • Rene Rivera

Infielders

  • Pete Alonso
  • Robinson Cano
  • Andres Gimenez
  • Luis Guillorme
  • Jeff McNeil
  • Eduardo Nunez
  • Amed Rosario
  • Dominic Smith

Outfielders

  • Yoenis Cespedes
  • Michael Conforto
  • J.D. Davis
  • Jake Marisnick
  • Brandon Nimmo

The most interesting inclusion is probably shortstop prospect Andres Gimenez, who was expected to play this season at Triple-A Syracuse. Brodie Van Wagenen explained that Gimenez made the roster because he wants to “put the best team on the field that we can every single day.”

Another player of note who made the team is Corey Oswalt, who appears to have the best chance at being the fifth starter in the absence of Marcus Stroman, who is on the injured list. Oswalt made the team over David Peterson, who was his biggest competition for that spot with Walker Lockett also on the IL. Oswalt gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in 3+ innings of work against the Yankees on Sunday.

Despite the National League having a DH this year, the Mets chose to have a deep bench. Jake Marisnick made the team after there was some question of whether he’d be healthy in time, and the veteran Eduardo Nunez beat out players like Max Moroff and Ryan Cordell. With Brian Dozier also now in the Mets’ player pool, we’ll see how long Nunez sticks around.