Mets MLB.com beat writer Anthony DiComo, on his Mets Cetera blog, has up a projected Opening Day roster. DiComo notes, “this is an exercise in futility: we will only consider players who are currently under team control, even though the Mets are likely to add at least one starting pitcher, reliever and perhaps outfielder before Opening Day.”
If you understand the restraints, it’s not futile at all. Let’s examine his list, specifically his bench. DiComo’s reserves are: Andrew Brown, Collin Cowgill, Brandon Hicks, Anthony Recker and Justin Turner. Conspicuous by his absence is Jordany Valdespin.
Now, I am not a Valdespin fan. I did not include him in my 2012 Top Prospects list and I advocated trading him in the middle of his pinch-hitting exploits last year. My belief is that his OBP and so-so defense will prevent him from ever being a useful MLB regular.
But there’s a difference between useful MLB regular and useful bench player. Valdepin has his weaknesses but he also h...