In his most recent article, Adam Rubin quotes Paul DePodesta regarding the upcoming Rule 5 draft. According to DePodesta, the Mets will likely add no more than five minor leaguers to the 40-man roster (protecting them from potentially being selected). Writes Rubin:
Paul DePodesta tells ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets likely will not add more than five additional prospects, if that many. The 40-man roster currently is at 35. DePodesta did note that the Mets already added center fielder Matt den Dekker and catcher Juan Centeno late in the season, who otherwise would have been eligible.
The Mets have until November 20th to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.
Rubin suggested that pitchers Jacob deGrom and Jeff Walters are no-brainers, and I agree with him. It would be stunning if the Mets failed to protect either of them. DeGrom can be a rotation member at some point in 2013, and Walters could be a bullpen piece.
If those two are added, it leaves three spots left (if the Mets are indeed protecting no more than five minor leaguers).
Rubin notes that another team may be hesitant to pick LHP Steven Matz because of the low probability that he’ll be able to stick on a major league roster for the entirety of 2014. Matz will likely open 2014 in advanced A-Ball – a far cry from the majors. However, I wouldn’t put it past a team to claim him and stick him in their bullpen. Even though the chance that Matz gets selected may be slim, it’s a chance the Mets shouldn’t be willing to take. Matz is too valuable.
If deGrom, Walters, and Matz are protected, that leaves two spots for players such as OF Cory Vaughn (whose ceiling is likely as a platoon bat), OF Darrel Ceciliani, and 3B Aderlin Rodriguez.
The Mets have some major decisions to make over the next few weeks…