The New York Mets will have a slightly different-looking 40-man roster by the time Opening Day arrives. Questions like who ends up on the 60-day IL to clear a spot or who has lost their job entirely will get their answers.
From the 40-man roster, it’s becoming clear which three players are most likely to be gone before Opening Day. Each has something in common. They can’t be sent to the minors. This makes any patience the organization could have for them minimal.
Will we see all three of them gone before the first game or can one or two keep their spot?
1) NY Mets Rule 5 Draft pick Zach Greene has struggled too much to keep
Rule 5 Draft pick Zach Greene already had the odds stacked against him. The Mets were willing to take a chance and see what he could do up close. A poor start this spring might already be enough for the team to look elsewhere for his Opening Day roster spot.
There is time for Greene to turn things around. And depending on what the coaching staff sees from him away from actual games, maybe he does have a slightly better chance of staying. It’s incredibly doubtful at this point. As little as Spring Training statistics matter, for a reliever like Greene who has yet to reach the majors, they do play a factor and should.
The Mets can only afford to keep one more non-optional reliever aside from the main four of Edwin Diaz, David Robertson, Adam Ottavino, and Brooks Raley plus Drew Smith who does have options. Greene will need an amazing turn around this spring in order to be that guy. If it’s not him, this other reliever could be the one Buck Showalter brings with him to Miami.