Wednesday morning roundup as the Mets move towards Opening Day

With spring training nearing an end, the New York Mets and other teams are making their final preparations for the regular season.

Dillon Gee (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Dillon Gee (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Dillon Gee will make his last Grapefruit League start tonight against the Houston Astros to get ready for his first career Opening Day assignment.

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will both make the Opening Day roster, though it’s still up in the air which one will get to face Stephen Strasburg on March 31st. (I don’t think it matters that much. As long as Terry Collins sticks with a platoon of Davis or Duda and Josh Satin at first base – something he’s probably not going to do – the Mets should manage to get some production out of the spot. If he decides one is an everyday player, I expect to see a repeat of last year’s performance.)

Sandy Alderson suggested that Juan Lagares would get the nod over Eric Young Jr. for the third spot in the outfield. If that decision lasts longer than Collin Cowgill’s status as the everyday centerfielder did last year, the Mets are making the right call – defense is worth more than stolen bases.

Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his Mets debut on Aug. 23, 2013 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Daisuke Matsuzaka (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

And while the Mets have been reluctant to spend money since Bernie Madoff, they did decide that it was worth $100,000 to keep an extra bench player for the first week of the season. They paid Daisuke Matsuzaka the retention bonus at yesterday’s deadline to keep him on a minor league contract rather than add him to the Opening Day roster now, which preserves flexibility in case Jon Niese isn’t ready to go on April 6th when the Mets need a fifth starter. If the Mets option Jenrry Mejia to the minors now, they’d have to wait 15 days to recall him. However, they could bring up Matsuzaka to fill in for Niese or replace Mejia at any time.

Finally, Matt Harvey and Alderson got together and hashed out the details of a rehab program that will allow the Mets’ ace to split time between New York and Port St. Lucie, Fla. Everyone is happy. (I still have no idea why this wasn’t done months ago, but at least we can move on.)

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Please keep Mets’ minor league coach Frank Viola in your prayers – it was reported that he will undergo heart surgery next week.

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There has been a flurry of player moves involving ex-Mets this week:

Let me leave you with this fun video involving ex-Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey:

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Posted on March 26, 2014, in Baseball, New York Mets and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You do know that Bill James has predicted Ike Davis will lead the Mets in home runs, clubbing over 30 of them?

    http://www.billjamesonline.com/50_fearless_forecasts_2014/

    Of course, he also predicted Paul Goldschmidt would have his arm taken off by a croc while down under. Don’t recall that happening.

    Seriously, though. I think Ike’s your guy. I think he’s gonna be fine this year, if they leave him alone. Duda can go in the trade package for Kemp and Dee Gordon. I’m still thinking that trade happens this summer (though I’m kidding about Duda–LA’s gonna want pitching prospects galore and probably somebody like Guillorme, who I’d have on my list of untouchables).

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