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Young Men With A Future

Well at least some worthy candidates are ascending to higher office around here.

The Mets on Friday added five young players to fill empty spots on their 40-man roster, protecting them from poachers at the forthcoming Rule 5 draft and technically, initiating the moment at which they are assigned a big-league uni number.

A quick glance at the Mets roster online indicates that last bit hasn’t happened yet so keep an eye out. In the meantime let’s welcome outfielder Wuilmer Becerra; catcher Tomas Nido; shortstop Amed Rosario; and pitchers Marcos Molina and Chris Flexen to the club.

1If you want to handicap these assignments, it’s a safe bet the Mets will issue Rosario No. 1, matching both his rank of their prospects list and his Binghamton jersey. Helps also that Justin Ruggiano was outrighted recently. The others are down far enough in the minors still to establish much of a numerical identity: Molina was spotted most recently wearing 45 in Arizona Fall League action. St. Lucie teammates Becerra, Nido and Flexen wore 32, 13 and 33, respectively, this past season.

29You can’t protect everyone so some say that pitching prospects Ricky Knapp and Paul Sewald, and outfielder Champ Stewart, are vulnerable to selection in the Rule 5 draft.

In part to make room for these guys the Mets have not only outrighted Ruggiano, but Eric Campbell and Jim Henderson. Campbell reportedly has a deal to play play for Hanshin in the Japan League next season. Sayonara, Soupy.

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Forty Weight

2The Mets have reached reached Labor Day still very much in the playoff hunt even as the composition of the club continues to change, and seemingly, not always for the better. It’s a stretch to suggest it might be a good thing Harvey, deGrom and Matz are unavailable right now but Gsellman, Lugo and Montero appear to be up to the task, and, more importantly, the club’s finally hitting again, which is no small thing. I’ve stopped trying to figure this year out.

Adding to this odd group this week is a small army of returnees from the minors. Matt Reynolds made a spectacular reappearance on Labor Day; expected to arrive today are Montero, Brandon Nimmo, T.J. Rivera, Eric Campbell, John Edgin and Eric Goeddel — the last three guys just for the laughs I think, and all of them, I suspect, back into their previously assigned unis. I don’t even think I knew Rivera was back down again.

72And arriving for the first time, infielder Gavin Cecchini. As the team’s 2012 top draft pick, Cecchini has the pedigree to assume to vacant No. 2 but given the Mets’ practice this year we shouldn’t be surprised if he arrives wearing 72, which he had last during Spring Training.

 

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Send Me an Angel

59The Mets following Wednesday’s victory over the sinking Marlins said they have acquired veteran right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the Angels in exchange for Class A pitcher Erik Manoah. Salas, a one-time closer with the Cardinals and currently serving that role part-time in Anaheim, is expected to add depth to the “7th-inning” level of the Met bullpen, where Hansel Robles and Jim Henderson have encountered recent struggles.

49Salas has worn No. 59 in both St. Louis and in Anaheim, although that figure currently belongs to Josh Smoker. It would seem an awful lot of work to accommodate him but it could be done if Smoker goes back to the 49 he was issued when he first arrived, or grabs one of the few remaining unassigned numbers (2, 46, 53, 58). More likely though we’ll see Salas in one of those.

00Here’s a suggestion though. What if they took advantage of SALAS’ palindromic qualities and gave him a number that looks the same frontward and backward? 00?

Salas’ arrival by the way ensures he can be post-season eligible, as can the four guys the Mets have already announced are getting recalls from Class AAA Vegas: Michael Conforto (30), Kevin Plawecki (26), Ty Kelly (56) and Gabriel Ynoa (63). With news that Neil Walker is also likely to be out for the rest of the year you wonder if or when Gavin Cecchini gets a call but perhaps this is T.J. Rivera’s time to shine.

Four games into the below mentioned “21-12” scenario, the Mets are 3-1 and sure enough are making the progress they have to towards the playoffs but my pennant fever at this point is still just an itchy rash. As I’ve said all year if and when they puncture that 10-games-over plateau, maybe the temperature rises.

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Net Gains

19As you probably know by now the Mets have issued the newly arriving Jay Bruce No. 19 and have allowed Jon Niese to take back the No. 49 he wore in his last go-round with the club.

49Bruce, who is scheduled to start in right field and bat third, will become the 36th guy to wear 19 for the Mets and has an outside shot of overtaking Roger Cedeno as the jersey’s most prolific home run hitter by the end of the year. (Roger had 18 dingers over three seasons as a Met 19).

66Also Tuesday, the Mets placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and outfielder Justin Ruggiano (1) on the disabled list, demoted bullpenner Seth Lugo (67) and recalled utilityman Ty Kelly (56) and reliever Josh Edgin (66). Edgin is making his first reappearance in a Mets jersey since September of 2014.

I don’t normally keep track of this stuff, but it is notable the club is adding a combined 190 in combined uni numbers while subtracting just 90 — a net gain of 100 that has to rank as one of the largest one-day swings in club history.

Here’s to more big swings from the new guys.

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How to Dress Jose Reyes

7So if the reports are accurate maligned former prodigy Jose Reyes could be rejoining the Mets as soon as today. While I’d naturally prefer my guys not to be coming off disciplinary suspensions, and I would hope his equity not put undue pressure on teammates, I can see where the prospect of a proven speedy contact hitter who can play multiple infield positions at a bargain price could help the team. I would hope also that just like Lenny Randle in 1977, the club is sensible enough to keep Reyes on a short behavioral leash while allowing him to do himself the favor of re-establishing a derailed career. If he can play, it’s all good.

No shortage of speculation as to his uniform number is out there, but I cannot see where it is fair or appropriate for Travis d’Arnaud to put aside a personally selected No. 7 to make room for Reyes, particularly with Reyes’ shady recent legal tangles and especially considering the way he left the club in 2009 (2011, thx, Dave). He was right go, don’t get me wrong, but he took off for Miami as though he were stealing second base.

77Question is what then? Back in 2003, when Reyes was a but a Met puppy, the Mets (idiotically, it turned out) signed the Japanese free agent Kaz Matsui to a contract. Matsui wore 7 in Japan and some bright people suggested then they creatively solve the issue by giving Matsui 77. They didn’t. Things would have been different, I tell you.

46So I can see the Mets going that route, maybe. Perhaps, though, presenting Reyes with 77 (or even 07) is too larded with tender forethought to be appropriate for a guy coming off a wife-beating rap. I am coming around to the idea it would be best if Reyes gets a number that sends the message that the Mets aren’t doing Jose Reyes any favors beyond the opportunity to wear a uniform. Any uniform. Give him No. 46. It’ll all be a weird scene anyway.

1Lots of speculation too about unoccupied single digits of 1 and 9 but I’m coming around to suspect those might be held out of the rotation with a purpose. Shortstop prospect Amed Rosario is racing up the ladder and bringing No. 1 with him: You may have seen he debuted with Class AA Binghamton just this week and like of all people Jose Reyes, could be a big-league shortstop by the age of 21. I’m less certain of No. 9’s future but suspect we could see Brandon Nimmo wearing it before long.

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Just Our Luck

13Don’t look now but Jerry Blevins may be wearing No. 13 after all.

An article in Sunday’s NY Post says as much, which would conflict with some published rosters (listing the lefty wearing 39) and Blevins own tweets, which suggested Asdrubal Cabrera — a 13 for most his career with the Indians and Rays who signed ahead of the free agent Blevins — had the right to the number before him. In fact, the only time Cabrera hasn’t worn 13 was in 2014: When he was teammates with Blevins in Washington.

This also is another reminder why we shouldn’t put too much stock in what’s said and done in the offseason.

The same paper by the way has a terrific Q&A with Sandy Alderson in which the GM confesses to a taste for the dramatic, in the context of good timing. One of the many things I admire about Alderson is that so often there’s a undercurrent of orchestration to the things the club does. Without putting too fine a point on it, he’s really a storyteller.

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Updated 2016 Roster

Big thanks to Kieran for his help filling in the roster with NRI assignments. Notable: Buddy Carlyle re-taking the 44 he wore in 2014 but lost to John Mayberry last year. Danny Muno, the first guy called up last year in 16, drops all the way to 81. Still awaiting the coaching assignments for Dan Warthen and Tom Goodwin as well as new bench coach Dick Scott. Late NRI additions Roger Bernandina (1?) and Raywilly Gomez (00??) also unaccounted for.

Number Name Notes
1 Vacant was Eric Young
2* Dilson Herrera Herrera reclaiming 2 from Juan Uribe; last wore 16
3 Curtis Granderson
4 Wilmer Flores
5 David Wright
6 Pat Roessler? was coach Pat Roessler
7 Travis d’Arnaud
8 Vacant Uunassigned (Gary Carter)
9 Vacant was Kirk Nieuwenhuis
10 Terry Collins?
11 Ruben Tejada
12 Juan Lagares
13* Asdrubal Cabrera was Jerry Blevins
14 Retired Gil Hodges
15* Matt Reynolds was Bob Geren
16* Alejandro De Aza was Dilson Herrera
17 Vacant unassigned (Keith Hernandez)
18 Tim Teufel?
19 Johnny Monell (NRI)
20* Neil Walker was Anthony Recker
21 Lucas Duda
22 Vacant was Kevin Plawecki
23 Vacant was Michael Cuddyer
24 Vacant unassigned (Willie Mays)
25 Ricky Bones? was Bones in 2015
26* Kevin Plawecki was Tom Goodwin
27 Jeurys Familia
28 Vacant was Daniel Murphy
29 Eric Campbell
30 Michael Conforto
31 Retiring Mike Piazza
32 Steven Matz
33 Matt Harvey
34 Noah Syndergaard
35 Logan Verrett
36 Sean Gilmartin
37 Retired Casey Stengel
38 Vacant was Vic Black
39* Jerry Blevins was Bobby Parnell
40 Bartolo Colon
41 Retired Tom Seaver
42 Retired Jackie Robinson
43 Addison Reed
44 Buddy Carlyle (NRI) was Eric O’Flaherty
45 Zack Wheeler
46 Vacant was Tyler Clippard
47 Hansel Robles
48 Jacob deGrom
49* Josh Smoker was Jon Niese
50 Rafael Montero
51 Jim Henderson (NRI) was Jack Leathersich
52 Yoenis Cespedes
53 Dave Racaniello (Bullpen catcher)
54* Stolmy Pimental (NRI) was Tim Stauffer
55* Ty Kelly (NRI) was Kelly Johnson
56* Jeff Walters was Matt Reynolds (DNP), Scott Rice
57 Kevin Long? was Long
58 Jenrry Mejia
59* Antonio Bastardo was Dan Warthen
60 Duane Below (NRI)
61 Marc Krauss (NRI)
62 Eric Goeddel
63* Gabriel Ynoa vacant in 2015
64 Akeel Morris
65* Robert Gsellman was vacant in 2015
66 Josh Edgin
67* Seth Lugo was vacant in 2015
68 Dario Alvarez
69 Vacant was vacant in 2015
70* Nevin Ashley (NRI)
71* Xorge Carillo (NRI)
72* Gavin Cecchini (NRI)
73* Travis Taijeron (NRI)
74* Dominick Smith (NRI)
75* T.J. Rivera (NRI)
76* Chase Bradford (NRI)
77 Brandon Nimmo
78 Eric Langill (Bullpen catcher)
79* Paul Sewald (NRI)
80* Zack Thornton (NRI)
81* Danny Muno (NRI)
82-99 Unassigned
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2016 Numerical Roster (Bulldog Edition)

Normally by this time of the year the Mets have published an updated roster at their official site but as alertly pointed out by Jetropolitans in the comments section below, some outlets have gone live with updated rosters. These places (CBS Sports and ESPN) typically wouldn’t use “original” reporting for this, so it was likely passed along to them, and their rosters align. I suppose the interns they have working over at Mets.com just haven’t gotten to it yet. Meantime I’m checking with sources.

Assuming what they are reporting is accurate, here’s how it looks this morning. Note the CBS and ESPN rosters do not include figures for the coaching and field staff, but it would appear some would be on the move as a result of player changes: Plawecki from 22 to 26 (unseating Tom Goodwin) and Bastardo at 59 (Dan Warthen). There are still a pile of NRIs to assign.

To be continued…. New issues denoted with a *

Number Name Notes
1 Vacant was Eric Young
2* Dilson Herrera Herrera reclaiming 2 from Juan Uribe; last wore 16
3 Curtis Granderson
4 Wilmer Flores
5 David Wright
6 Pat Roessler? was coach Pat Roessler
7 Travis d’Arnaud
8 Vacant Uunassigned (Gary Carter)
9 Vacant was Kirk Nieuwenhuis
10 Terry Collins?
11 Ruben Tejada
12 Juan Lagares
13* Asdrubal Cabrera was Jerry Blevins
14 Retired Gil Hodges
15* Matt Reynolds was Bob Geren
16* Alejandro De Aza was Dilson Herrera
17 Vacant unassigned (Keith Hernandez)
18 Tim Teufel?
19 Vacant was Johnny Monell (NRI)
20* Neil Walker was Anthony Recker
21 Lucas Duda
22 Vacant was Kevin Plawecki
23 Vacant was Michael Cuddyer
24 Vacant unassigned (Willie Mays)
25 Ricky Bones? was Bones in 2015
26* Kevin Plawecki was Tom Goodwin
27 Jeurys Familia
28 Vacant was Daniel Murphy
29 Eric Campbell
30 Michael Conforto
31 Retiring Mike Piazza
32 Steven Matz
33 Matt Harvey
34 Noah Syndergaard
35 Logan Verrett
36 Sean Gilmartin
37 Retired Casey Stengel
38 Vacant was Vic Black
39* Jerry Blevins was Bobby Parnell
40 Bartolo Colon
41 Retired Tom Seaver
42 Retired Jackie Robinson
43 Addison Reed
44 Vacant was Eric O’Flaherty
45 Zack Wheeler
46 Vacant was Tyler Clippard
47 Hansel Robles
48 Jacob deGrom
49* Josh Smoker was Jon Niese
50 Rafael Montero
51 Vacant was Jack Leathersich
52 Yoenis Cespedes
53 Vacant (Coach here?)
54 Vacant was Tim Stauffer (Coach here?)
55 Vacant was Kelly Johnson (coach here?)
56* Jeff Walters was Matt Reynolds (DNP), Scott Rice
57 Kevin Long? was Long
58 Jenrry Mejia
59* Antonio Bastardo was Dan Warthen
60 Vacant
61 Vacant
62 Eric Goeddel
63* Gabriel Ynoa vacant in 2015
64 Akeel Morris
65* Robert Gsellman was vacant in 2015
66 Josh Edgin
67* Seth Lugo was vacant in 2015
68 Dario Alvarez
69 Vacant was vacant in 2015
70-76 Vacant
77 Brandon Nimmo
78-99 Unassigned
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Bastardly

59The Mets have called Dan Warthen their pitching coach since the famous Willie Randolph firing in June of 2008, and as such, he predates every man in uniform except for David Wright.

He’s quietly becoming a legend.

Yet his No. 59 could be under siege now that reports are trickling out that the Mets have come to an agreement with lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo, a 59 both in Pittsburgh and in Philadelphia. I learned long before Warthen got here not to expect a whole lot from free-agent relievers while also believing the more the merrier. A Mets team with Bastardo is a little more formidable than one without him, so it gets my approval.

I’m rooting for Warthen to stay in 59 but wouldn’t be surprised if he gives it up.

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Grody to the Max

I anticipate it will still be a week or so before the Mets reveal updates to their roster and assigned uni numbers, but this morning I stumbled across what would be among be the first such published updates in club history. The below clip (see the second item) was published in the MMilwaukee Sentinel 022262ilwaukee Sentinel on Feb. 22, 1962.

Can’t help but think had this column published today it would be called “GRODY TO THE MAX” rather than the “THE SPORTS WHIRL’D.” Grody was a longtime columnist at the Sentinel best known as a boxing writer.

As for those Mets numbers, we’re anticipating issues to new 40-man residents Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Josh Smoker, Jeff Walters and Brandon Nimmo; minor league guys who’ve been invited to spring training like Ty Kelly, Stolmy Pimental and Jim Henderson; potential reassignments for guys like Darrell Ceciliani; new bench coach Dick Scott; and newly added players like Alejandro De Aza and Jerry Blevins (Neil Walker in 20 and Asdrubal Cabrera in 13 are the only sure things at this point).

Stay tuned!

 

 

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