New York Mets Bench: What it could look like on Opening Day
The Mystery Man – 26th Roster Spot
That leaves that 26th roster spot still needing to be filled. The leading candidates for this spot includes newly acquired Matt Adams, Yoenis “Wild Boar” Cespedes, Luis Guillorme, Rene Rivera and Eduardo Nunez. With these choices, we have a wide variation of player types to pick from.
Depending on your other bench players, this should be one of the main factors that will go into the decision of who will claim this last roster spot. Out of these possible choices, I think Eduardo Nunez should be the 26th man. The reason for this choice is Nunez offers a skill that none of the other players provide. Speed on the bases. With Nunez’s ability to steal bases, I think he would be the best choice to start the season in this spot.
Personally I would rather have someone like Billy Hamilton for this 26th man role since he is a more accomplished base stealer and can also become the needed 5th outfielder with his impressive defensive skills.
But since the front office has so far decided not to bring Hamilton in for a spring training invite, Nunez will do.
Guys like Matt Adams and Yoenis Cespedes are redundant with what Dom Smith provides, Rene Rivera doesn’t hit enough to make the case for carrying a third catcher and Luis Guillorme doesn’t hit enough to make us want to eat the $10,000,000 we are already paying Lowrie for 2020.
Nothing is set in stone and much can happen from now to the end of spring training. Between injuries and surprise spring training performance, there will always be changes. I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out come March 26th.
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