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Three Mets 40-man roster questions heading into Opening Day

Feb 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) watches relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) deliver a pitch during spring training at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) watches relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) deliver a pitch during spring training at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
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JUPITER, FLORIDA – MARCH 17: Jacob Barnes #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the sixth inning of a Grapefruit League spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 17, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Opening Day for the New York Mets is approaching quickly. As we get closer, we’ll have a clearer picture of what the team will look like to open the season.

Injuries, demotions, and possible surprises all lie ahead for the men who make up the 40-man roster. These guys, all eligible for big league action, come in a variety of shapes, experiences, and abilities.

In what will hopefully be the beginning of a new era in Flushing baseball, there are three questions I’m curious about when it comes to the 40-man roster.

Mets 40-man roster question: Does Jacob Barnes keep his spot?

Jacob Barnes is a guy nobody has talked about much this winter as a candidate to crack the team’s Opening Day bullpen. Out of options to the minor leagues, his fate is either on the Opening Day roster or in the DFA line.

Barnes doesn’t have a fantastic resume, but he has seen plenty of action this spring. It seems the Mets want to know for sure whether or not he fits into the future plans. Personally, I have my doubts.

However, Barnes hasn’t been written off quite yet. There are a few spots in the bullpen we can question, even those belonging to guys on major league contracts.

If Barnes pitches well in the final days of spring, the club could keep him on the 40-man roster and as part of the 26-man army they have ready on Opening Day. Because he has a little more experience in the majors than some other guys, he may get a chance ahead of them.

Barnes has been a part of the Mets 40-man roster nearly all offseason long. In these final days, does he retain his position on it?

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