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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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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – MARCH 16: Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Mets warms up in the fifth inning during the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park on March 16, 2021 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Mets 40-man roster question: Is an unexpected cut coming?

Between now and the start of the 2022 season, I’m curious to see if the Mets part with Robinson Cano. Way before we can start wondering about that, is there a chance the Mets make an unexpected 40-man roster cut before this year’s Opening Day?

Unexpected would come in the form of guys on major league contracts. Anyone with minor league options isn’t surprising. There’s usually a reason for it.

The two biggest potential cuts we could see are Jeurys Familia and Dellin Betances. While unlikely, if it makes the team better, it might be something the front office does at least consider.

Familia is far less likely than Betances because of the salary implication. Familia is set to make $11.66 million. Meanwhile, Betances is at about half that number with a $6 million deal for 2021.

None of the position players look to be in any danger of losing their 40-man roster spot. Plenty of pitchers could.

Someone like Daniel Zamora who never seems to get major league innings or even a newcomer such as Stephen Tarpley are potential 40-man roster casualties. One of the longer-tenured Mets, Robert Gsellman, is also a dark horse candidate to get cut. I wouldn’t expect it, but his time with the club certainly feels limited.

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The Mets will have plenty of questions to answer this year in regards to the 40-man roster. In these final days before regular season baseball starts, these are just a few rattling around in my brain.

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