Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/23/11
One of the essential things to think about in the offseason is how the roster for the following year will shake out. We’ve done it here at 360, both in terms of Rule 5 purposes and to see how the projected budget might shape the team. One guy who hasn’t received a lot of discussion is outfielder Mike Baxter. Our own Chris Walendin expects Baxter to keep his spot on the 40-man but, because he has options left, for him to open the season at Triple-A, essentially acting as depth for the major league roster. This seems a very likely outcome. Still, it begs the question: If Baxter is good enough for the 40-man roster, shouldn’t he, at age 27 (in December), be a serious contender for the major league roster? If not, wouldn’t his spot on the 40-man be better served going to a youngster with a chance to contribute before he’s past his prime? Let’s start by reviewing Baxter, a player many may not be familiar with since he just joined the Mets’ organization last year. As you probably kn...
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