Batista gets official word by Friday

March, 28, 2012
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Steve Mitchell/US Presswire
The deadline to tell Miguel Batista he has made the Mets is Friday. He's expected to receive positive news.


Miguel Batista, who should claim an Opening Day bullpen spot, will get official word by Friday.

That's the deadline by which the Mets must tell the right-hander he made the team, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus to remain with the organization in the minors, or make him a free agent. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, players such as Batista in camp on minor league contracts need to know their fate five days before Opening Day.

Batista, in fact, is now listed as Saturday's Grapefruit League starter in place of Johan Santana.

Batista is expected to join Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Manny Acosta, Bobby Parnell and Daniel Herrera in the bullpen. Tim Byrdak (knee), D.J. Carrasco (ankle) and Pedro Beato (shoulder) should open the season on the DL.

Byrdak likely will only miss the first four games of the regular season because of the Mets' ability to backdate his DL stint into spring training, at which point Herrera would be expendable. Byrdak is due to throw off a mound for the first time this morning.

A team official confirmed Wednesday that ESPNNewYork.com's report about Mike Baxter and Mike Nickeas being solid for the roster, along with Herrera, is accurate. So assuming Andres Torres is ready for Opening Day -- no guarantee, but certainly possible -- the 25-man roster should look like this April 5 against the Atlanta Braves:

Lineup
Andres Torres, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Jason Bay, lf
Lucas Duda, rf
Josh Thole, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Johan Santana, lhp

Rotation
Santana
R.A. Dickey
Jon Niese
Mike Pelfrey
Dillon Gee

Bullpen
Frank Francisco, closer, rhp
Jon Rauch, rhp
Ramon Ramirez, rhp
Manny Acosta, rhp
Bobby Parnell, rhp
Miguel Batista, rhp
Daniel Herrera, lhp

Bench
Scott Hairston, of
Mike Baxter, of
Ronny Cedeno, if
Justin Turner, if
Mike Nickeas, c
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 9 54 75
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173