The Mets announced Saturday that infielder Omar Quintanilla and outfielder Andrew Brown have both made the Opening Day roster. Quintanilla will serve as the backup shortstop, and Brown will serve as an extra outfielder.
Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Andrew Brown (30) signs autographs for fans prior to the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
In the case of Brown, his stay on the roster might be short lived.
With Jonathon Niese expected to be activated from the disabled list on April 6, the Mets are carrying an extra position player until then.
Unless the Mets trade Ike Davis or Lucas Duda prior to the day Jonathon Niese comes off the disabled list, it seems all but certain that Andrew Brown will be demoted to Triple-A to make room for Niese.
Andrew Brown as a bench piece – at least until Niese is activated – makes total sense.
He’ll provide needed pop from the right side of the plate, and could serve as a designated hitter against the Angels in the event Niese takes longer than expected to return.
As far as Quintanilla, the Mets may have been better off going with Anthony Seratelli, who can play all four infield positions and both corner outfield positions.