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Mets will be well represented in the World Baseball Classic

By JT. Teran

With the World Baseball Classic set to take place this spring for only the fourth time, many fans and teams around the league were eagerly waiting for the official rosters to be announced on Wednesday evening

Now that they have been revealed, we know the Mets will be well represented in this year’s tournament with 10 players from the 40-man roster being selected.

Both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rican squads will be featuring three Mets each — the most of any National League team.

Closer Jeurys Familia and bullpen mate Hansel Robles will be suiting up for D.R. along with infielder Jose Reyes.

The Rivera brothers (no actual relation) — Rene Rivera and T.J. Rivera — will be representing the island of Puerto Rico along with last year’s surprise starter, Seth Lugo.

Team Israel as we already knew will have Ty Kelly on their roster, while Mexico will have newly-re-signed righty Fernando Salas ready to go in their bullpen.

Rounding out the Mets players on the World Baseball Classic list is the Italian team. They will have two Mets youngsters in Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo joining their national squad this spring.

One surprising omission is Asdrubal Cabrera. The 31-year-old infielder was pretty much guaranteed to be on the Venezuelan national team, but for some reason he did not make the cut.

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The big question as always will be how the Mets’ managerial staff will adjust to not having certain players available during a large part of Spring Training next season.

Hopefully the Mets won’t have to deal with any injuries during these exhibition games, and they can all start fresh when Opening Day rolls around on April 3.

The World Baseball Classic kicks off on Monday, March 6.