Roster reset: Mets roster becoming clearer

With Sandy Alderson's pronouncements Tuesday that the Mets are looking only to add a fifth-starter competitor on a minor-league contract, as well as the continued intent to trade Ike Davis and add a late-inning bullpen arm, the team's roster is starting to take shape.

Here's a look at where things stand ...


Jonathon Niese

Bartolo Colon

Zack Wheeler

Dillon Gee

Jenrry Mejia

Analysis: The starter signed on a minor-league deal, which we presume will be an Aaron Harang type, could unseat Mejia. So could a rookie such as Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom. Still, this spot is merely a placeholder for when top prospect Noah Syndergaard gets summoned in June or July from Triple-A Las Vegas.


Eric Young Jr, lf

Daniel Murphy, 2b

David Wright, 3b

Curtis Granderson, rf

Lucas Duda, 1b

Chris Young, cf

Travis d'Arnaud, c

Ruben Tejada, ss

Analysis: This is obviously inexact. First, it presumes Davis is traded, which is the likelihood. Terry Collins has said otherwise that Davis would be his regular first baseman. The other big assumption, which may be a stretch, is that Eric Young Jr. finds his way into the outfield over Juan Lagares because the Mets do not have an alternative leadoff hitter. Of course, despite Alderson saying Murphy would not be an ideal leadoff hitter because of his .319 OBP, Murphy actually had a better OBP than Young last season (.310 overall and .318 with the Mets). So maybe it's Murphy leading off with Lagares slipping into the lineup in center field. Granderson then would be in left field and Chris Young in right field. Collins said it's also unresolved whether it's the lefty-hitting Duda fifth and righty-hitting Young sixth or vice versa. Perhaps that will depend upon whether the Mets are facing a lefty or righty starter.


Anthony Recker, c

Josh Satin, 1b/3b

Anthony Seratelli, if/of

Lagares, of

Matt den Dekker, of

Analysis: The Mets clearly have work to do here. If the Mets do trade for a shortstop, Tejada can be bumped to the backup middle infielder, displacing the 30-year-old switch-hitting Seratelli, who has never played in the majors. Den Dekker would probably be better served playing in Triple-A than coming off the bench, but the Mets could use a lefty bat, rather than the righty-hitting Andrew Brown.


Bobby Parnell, closer

Vic Black, rhp

Jeurys Familia, rhp

Gonzalez Germen, rhp

Scott Rice, lhp

Josh Edgin, lhp

Carlos Torres, rhp

Analysis: The Mets still figure to sign a late-inning reliever, so this is clearly incomplete. Team officials also seem to like offseason signing Joel Carreno, a right-hander who formerly has appeared at the major league level with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets have a pair of lefty reliever prospects, Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek, who could be factors later in the year. So could righty reliever Jeff Walters, who set a Double-A Binghamton single-season and career saves record last season with 38.