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Mets roster projection, second try

3/26/2012

Circumstances have changed since our first stab at the Opening Day roster, on March 9 -- the biggest being Andres Torres straining his left calf muscle and Tim Byrdak requiring surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.

We're going to project Torres opening the season on the DL in this analysis below, with Scott Hairston making it back from a left oblique strain, which most likely puts Vinny Rottino on the roster. But Torres missing Opening Day is not absolute.

Mike Baxter has outplayed Adam Loewen, although there is concern because Baxter has been late on fastballs.

A Mets official said Monday there is concern about the lack of feared hitters on the team's bench. The official said the Mets will be searching the last week of spring training for upgrades once players are cut loose from other camps -- particularly because of the $100,000 retention bonus required to keep certain players with major league experience on minor league contracts who will not make the Opening Day roster.

The Mets are not thrilled with Rottino's baserunning issues and fielding proficiency, but are probably not going to do better for an internal option as a righty hitter who can back up in the outfield. They do like Rottino's relative speed for the bench if Torres and/or Hairston is unavailable, which otherwise would be glaringly absent.

Rotation

Johan Santana

R.A. Dickey

Jon Niese

Mike Pelfrey

Dillon Gee

Lineup

Ruben Tejada, ss

Daniel Murphy, 2b

David Wright, 3b

Ike Davis, 1b

Jason Bay, lf

Lucas Duda, rf

Scott Hairston, cf

Josh Thole, c

(DL: Andres Torres)

Bullpen

Frank Francisco, closer

Jon Rauch, rhp

Ramon Ramirez, rhp

Manny Acosta, rhp

Bobby Parnell, rhp

Miguel Batista, rhp

Garrett Olson, lhp

(DL: Tim Byrdak, D.J. Carrasco, Pedro Beato)

Bench

Mike Nickeas, c

Ronny Cedeno, if

Justin Turner, if

Mike Baxter, of

Vinny Rottino, of

Josh Edgin has an outside chance to overtake Garrett Olson, but it would not seem the likelihood given Byrdak should miss so little time.