3) NY Mets roster spot in jeopardy: Tim Locastro has to do everything asked and more
Outfielder Tim Locastro was the biggest surprise to make the Opening Day roster. He replaced Darin Ruf after the “slugger” was designated for assignment. His job with the Mets is already in jeopardy and he’ll need to have a near-perfect stint with the ball club in order to keep it.
Locastro has not received rave reviews for his regular season performance. A strong spring and the ability to find multiple ways to use him was enough to convince Mets management that he’d be a better fit for their roster. Unfortunately, it seems inevitable that at some point the club could look for more offense from one of their young hitters.
Locastro is useful but if the Mets starters aren’t producing, he becomes the roster casualty. Locastro doesn’t have minor league options which means the Mets would have to designate him for assignment in order to clear his 26-man roster spot. He could pass through waivers. Just to be a punk, one of the other contenders could steal him away if they have room.
To stay, Locastro needs to play great defense, run a ton, and produce at the plate in the opportunities to hit he does get. Those shouldn’t be plentiful. Locastro made a lot more sense to finish the year on the big league club as a postseason weapon. Instead, the Mets will need to milk as much talent from him as they can.