Though the Mets did not make any huge splashes this offseason, the final 25-man roster has pretty much taken shape already based on the team’s acquisitions.
Barring any injuries in spring training, the starting lineup looks set: Davis, Murphy, Tejada, Wright, Thole, Bay, Torres and Duda. Even the starting pitching staff won’t look too different than Santana, Dickey, Pelfrey, Niese and Gee (with maybe a few early starts to fill in for Santana still in question).
Even the bullpen seems to have defined roles already: Francisco, Rauch, Ramirez, Byrdak, Parnell, Acosta and Carrasco (based more so on his contract). Pedro Beato and Josh Stinson as well as few others will battle for the last spot.
But the one roster spot that remains totally up in the air is the final bench spot. Right now, we’re looking at a bench consisting of backup catcher Mike Nickeas, utility infielder Justin Turner, backup middle infielder Ronny Cedeno and outfielder/right-handed pinch hitter Scott Hairston.