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Rule 5 could be magic number for Mets

It's difficult enough for teams to keep even one Rule 5 draft pick on their major-league roster for an entire season. But the Mets are hoping that two -- second baseman Brad Emaus and righthander Pedro Beato -- make the club's Opening Day roster. General manager Sandy Alderson said both have "excellent" chances of being on the team, and in Emaus' case, it's probably "starter-or-bust" for him.

In today's story, we take a closer look at the whole Rule 5 phenomenon, and the Mets' sketchy history in that draft. They missed out on Dan Uggla in 2005 -- the Mets selected pitcher Mitchell Wylie one spot ahead of the Marlins, who grabbed Uggla. The Mets also blew it with Darren O'Day, who they picked in 2008, but later lost to the Rangers on a waiver claim in April. O'Day has been a great addition to the Texas bullpen ever since.

Also, manager Terry Collins said he would not have used Jenrry Mejia in the bullpen last season. That's easy to say now. It wasn't his job on line a year ago, as it was for Jerry Manuel. Collins spoke about second base as an "offensive position" -- good for Emaus and Daniel Murphy, not so great for Luis Castillo. I also had the pleasure of meeting congressman Steve Israel, who visited Mets camp on Wednesday.


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