Mets roster projection: 2014.02

February, 24, 2014
2/24/14
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- I don't think Ike Davis' quotes, and then agitation with a reporter, by themselves seal a trade. But my gut is that he is more likely to be traded this spring training than he is likely to remain a Met come Opening Day. So let's update our roster projection, which slides Lucas Duda into the starting lineup and opens a bench spot.

Of course, a Davis trade might return a major-league player, so this is just speculative. The Mets could swing a trade for a shortstop, too, before Opening Day -- say Seattle's Nick Franklin.

Rotation
Jonathon Niese, lhp
Bartolo Colon, rhp
Dillon Gee, rhp
Zack Wheeler, rhp
Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp

Lineup
Eric Young Jr., lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Curtis Granderson, rf
Chris Young, cf
Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Ruben Tejada, ss

Bench
Anthony Recker, c
Josh Satin, 1b/3b
Anthony Seratelli, if/of
Juan Lagares, of
Andrew Brown, of

Analysis: Adding Brown makes this an all-righty bench, with the exception of the switch-hitting Seratelli, so I don't love that projection. But the lefty outfield alternatives would be Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and generally young players don't get tabbed for fifth-outfielder roles, so stay tuned.

Bullpen
Bobby Parnell, closer
Jose Valverde, rhp
Kyle Farnsworth, rhp
Vic Black, rhp
Scott Rice, lhp
Jeurys Familia, rhp
Carlos Torres, rhp
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
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187