Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster

By Danny Abriano
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Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As is the case with the rest of the roster, there shouldn’t be many battles for the five bench spots.

Here’s how things should shake out…

Catcher:

Anthony Recker, who won’t have much competition. Yes, Kevin Plawecki will be in camp, but he would be a wasted asset as a backup.

Infield:

Ruben Tejada, who will be the backup middle infielder and the only player on the roster who can adequately fill in for Wilmer Flores.

Outfield:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is out of options. While Matt den Dekker will battle for this spot, it will likely go to Nieuwenhuis because the Mets would risk losing him if he doesn’t make the roster.

First Base/Outfield:

John Mayberry, Jr., who will likely play one of the corner outfield positions or first base against tough lefties.

Utility:

We’ll predict that this spot goes to Eric Campbell, who is on the 40-man roster, can play every infield position (shortstop in an absolute emergency), and who has some experience in the outfield.

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