As Adam Rubin of ESPN New York points out in a report published earlier today, the Mets will have to make a ton of 40-man roster decisions in the days following the completion of the World Series.
Due to the fact that the Mets finished the season with eight players on the 60-day disabled list, the Mets basically finished the season with 48 players on the 40-man roster (the eight DL’ed players didn’t count at the time).
As Rubin points out, the Mets have to activate those players from the 60-day disabled list no longer than five days after the World Series ends. Once that happens, the Mets will have to start subtracting other players from the 40-man roster.
In addition to adding the DL’ed players back onto the roster, the Mets will also have to add a number of prospects in order to protect them from being claimed in the Rule 5 draft (those players have to be added prior to November 20th).
The players Rubin lists as being the most likely to lose their spot on the 40-man roster are Jordany Valdespin, Scott Atchison, Greg Burke, Robert Carson, Sean Henn, Zach Lutz, Mike Baxter, Andrew Brown, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Of the nine vulnerable players Rubin listed above, I’d be in favor of removing all of them except Andrew Brown from the 40-man roster. In addition, the Mets should be open to removing David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco (this should be a lock), Omar Quintanilla, Aaron Harang, and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
If the Mets removed all of those players, it would allow them to activate the players who ended the season on the 60-day disabled list, and give them the ability to protect eight prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Among the prospects the Mets should be protecting, is left handed pitcher Steven Matz, who spent 2013 with Low-A Savannah, right handed pitcher Jacob deGrom, who split 2013 between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas, and Double-A closer Jeff Walters.