Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 3/20/12
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The Mets have very few positions up for grabs this Spring. The bullpen is one place where jobs were available and the situation only got more confusing with the injury to Tim Byrdak. Since then we have found out that the Mets consider C.J. Nitkowski, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2005, as a candidate to get LHB out in the majors but that Danny Herrera, who has a lifetime .588 OPS against lefties, is not. Further complicating the issue is that a couple of relievers have contracts that will help them make the team to start the 2012 season. D.J. Carrasco and Jon Rauch – I’m looking at the two of you. To be fair, Carrasco may not be on the Opening Day roster, even with his contract. But there are 1.2 million reasons why he is still in the discussion. Plus, we have the ghost of Blaine Boyer hanging over everything. Last year the Mets decided to open the year with Boyer on their roster due mainly to his impressive 11 IP in Spring Training. Of course it was the same B...
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