5 Mets players who won’t make the Opening Day roster but will have an impact in 2023

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5) The Mets traded for Jeff Brigham and will intend to use him

Jeff Bringham was an unexciting addition to the Mets this offseason. Since his debut in 2018 with the Miami Marlins, the righty has only tossed 79.2 innings. Last season was promising, though. In 24 frames he was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Will he end up as the better of the two pitchers the Mets acquired from the Marlins?

It’s an easy jump to expect the Mets to have plans for Bringham. You don’t trade for a guy then use him. Fresh arms will be needed at some point in 2023. Bringham is someone we should see among the early choices. He does have MLB experience plus he’s already on the 40-man roster.

Bringham should be considered a candidate for the Opening Day roster, but he’ll have to earn it first. If the Mets carry Elieser Hernandez and one of Tylor Megill or David Peterson, one bullpen spot would remain. Does it get filled by Bringham?

If the Mets add anyone else to their bullpen before Opening Day, Bringham’s chances of making it on the Opening Day roster slim even more. He’ll be one of the first they could turn to for help. There’s no more development needed. He’s nearly 31. He is what he is. Prepare for him to bounce back and forth between the farm and majors this year.

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