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3 Mets DFA candidates who could lose their 40-man roster spot before Opening Day

Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Reed (72) throws
Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jake Reed (72) throws / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets 40-man roster actually has a number of notable prospects on it who won’t be losing their spot anytime soon. This includes Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos as well as lesser prospects like Jose Butto.

But like all 40-man rosters, there are a few guys who might not be so lucky. They have a few more years behind them. To fit the best players on the roster that they can, there are going to be casualties.

For the Mets, they have some big roster decisions to make. No left-handed reliever is on it right now and they may need to add Travis Jankowski onto it for their Opening Day roster. With two spots possibly up for grabs, these three players might be the most likely ones to lose their spot.

NY Mets relief pitcher Jake Reed might be the most likely DFA candidate on the 40-man roster

Jake Reed doesn’t fit in with what the Mets need most in their bullpen. Behind the other right-handed relievers within the organization, it’s going to take an injury for him to make the Opening Day roster.

Reed is already 29 and has only 10 big league innings under his belt. All of them came last year with 4.2 of them as a member of the Mets. The other 5.1 occurred as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reed never really seemed to fit the long-term plans for the Mets due to his age and lack of experience. He was brought in last year as a temporary option. If there’s anyone the team can move on from without a thought, it’s him.

The other two options might be a little tougher to decide on. Using the same logic, we have another pair of pitchers the Mets could DFA before the opener.