March 23, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson takes in the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Have 40-Man Roster Decisions Looming

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.


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  • Ken Meoni

    I would protect Nieuwenhuis as I feel the Mets have not given him a long chance to prove himself. When he first came up, he was great until the Mets picked up Torres from the DL and he didn’t play as much and in my opinion, got rusty on the bench for a player I hated in Torres. If you remember the team was doing fine, until Torres was added from the DL.
    This year he showed flashes, but again, not given the chance Davis was given. Who knows if he was given the same chance.
    As for Brown, he is older then Nieuwenhuis and I don’t see someone who is better. I feel the Mets have to be about team speed, defense and pitching to play in Citi. An outfield of speed would be best. We saw some of that at the end of the year. Except when Brown was in the outfield and just didn’t play well/was slow out there.

  • Andy in Chicago

    Loved Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ style when he first came up in 2012 and thought that CF was his for the taking. But the sad truth is, he strikes out a lot. A LOT. Too much for somebody that’s not going to hit 20 or 30 home runs in a year.

    Sadly, his was the first name that came to mind when I saw the headline for this story. Shame. The job should have been his, but Lagares passed him on the organizational depth chart with slightly better “D” and better discipline at the dish.

    Oddly, the one guy who I think should have used up his chances by now is Lucas Duda, whose nickname should be A-Dud. OF? IB? Sorry. I don’t see him being anything more than he is right now. Maybe useful in the AL as a platoon DH, but if it were a choice at 1b between him and Ike Davis, Davis has a proven upside if he gets his act together at the plate. Duda? We’re still waiting.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Protect Steven Matz? I do not believe he is eligible for the Rule 5 draft yet, so the Mets do not have to protect him.
    The draft only applies to players who have spent at least three or four year above rookie ball (depending on whether they were under or over 21 years old when they were when they were drafted).
    Even if he were eligible, why on earth would you protect a low-level A pitcher before you protect Montero or Syndergard?

  • Lenny Herman

    Mets need a hitter behind David, or he’s not going to get pitched around. Davis stinks. I would let him go, keep Nieuwenhis,

    • Andy in Chicago

      Niewenhuis: All of Davis’ strikeouts. None of his power. Really?

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