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Guessing the Mets roster: Take 1

Lucas Duda watches his solo home run during

Lucas Duda watches his solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Braves at Citi Field. (May 26, 2013) (Credit: Mike Stobe)

Sandy Alderson – fresh off being named the best GM in baseball by New York Magazine – still has some work to do. But the Mets’ roster for 2014 is beginning to take shape, so here’s how we see things shaking out based on the players currently on the 40-man roster (or those reportedly already in the mix but not officially added yet):

Lineup

1. Eric Young Jr., LF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Curtis Granderson, RF
5. Lucas Duda, 1B
6. Chris Young, CF
7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
8. Ruben Tejada, SS

The team is still on the lookout for a shortstop upgrade that could push Tejada to a backup role. It very well could be that Duda is traded and Ike Davis is the first baseman, though it looks like Duda will be manning first for the Mets at the moment. Juan Lagares is probably a better fit for center with his excellent glove and Chris Young is probably best used in left. But Sandy Alderson seems to really like the speed and potential of Eric Young Jr.

Bench

1. Anthony Recker, C
2. Wilmer Flores, INF
3. Andrew Brown, OF
4. Juan Lagares, OF
5. Ike Davis, 1B

If Davis goes, a spot for Josh Satin could open up. Lagares and Eric Young Jr. could flip-flop with EY assuming more of a super-sub role. Flores could find himself in Triple-A if the Mets finally get a new shortstop and Tejada becomes the backup.

Rotation

1. Jon Niese, LHP
2. Bartolo Colon, RHP
3. Dillon Gee, RHP
4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
5. Jenrry Mejia, RHP

Niese got the Opening Day start in 2013, so the bet is he takes the role again. The fifth spot is the only real competition here, but, if Mejia is healthy, he probably showed enough in a short stint last season to claim the role, at the start of the year at least. Down the road prospects like Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz could challenge for a spot. Things could get crowded when Matt Harvey returns from Tommy John surgery in 2015.

Bullpen

1. Bobby Parnell, CL
2. Vic Black, RHP
3. Josh Edgin, LHP
4. Gonzalez Germen, RHP
5. Scott Rice, LHP
6. Carlos Torres, RHP
7. Jeurys Familia, RHP

Indications are that Parnell will be healthy in time to start the season as closer. Black showed a lot of potential in his Mets debut last year, but the bet here is that the team brings in at least one veteran to fortify the pen and make up for the loss of LaTroy Hawkins to free agency.

How do you see things shaping up? Are you confident with this group? Or does the team need to make more additions before beginning the season? Tell us in the comments section below.

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